Flower Families and Ancestors by Frederic E. Clements
Flower Families and Ancestors
Frederic E. Clements

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We see a lot of collectable and antiquarian flower books, gardening books, horticulture books and books with floral motif show up on our monthly most expensive sales lists. Many include full colour plates, or at least illustrations, and all the examples we've showcased below possess unusually ornate, detailed or striking beautiful covers.

Whether you're interested in mulching or weeding, flowering ornamental trees or soil composition for superior hyacinths, you can find it on AbeBooks. Here are 25 examples of gorgeous, flower-themed books from years gone by.


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25 Beautiful Old Flower Books

Beautiful Wild Flowers of America by Rev. A.B. Hervey
Beautiful Wild Flowers of America
Rev. A.B. Hervey
1892

This copy: £107


The Practical Flower Maker: A Complete Guide to This Popular Kindergarten Occupation for Infants and Girls by Veronica Vassey
The Practical Paper Flower Maker
Veronica Vassey
~1900

This copy £45

Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott, illustrated by Frances Bassett Comstock
Flower Fables
Louisa May Alcott
1909


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Flower Fairies by Clara Ingram Judson
Flower Fairies
Clara Ingram Judson
1915


This copy £567
An Alphabet of Wild Flowers by Gertrude Keeley
An Alphabet of Wild Flowers
Gertrude Keeley
1901

This copy £117

A Japanese Blossom by Onoto Watanna
A Japanese Blossom
Onoto Watanna
1906


This copy: £69


Sun-dials and Roses of Yesterday; Garden Delights Which are Here Displayed in Very Truth and are Moreover Regarded as Emblems by Alice Morse Earle
Sun-dials and Roses of Yesterday
Alice Earle
1902

This copy £32

Flower Painting for Beginners: Vere Foster's Water-Colour Series by Ethel Nisbet
Flower Painting for Beginners
Ethel Nisbet
1890

This copy £177

Roses and Rose Gardens by Walter P. Wright
Roses and Rose Gardens
Walter P. Wright
1914

This copy £35
A Dream of a Garden and Other Poems by Ellen Clare Pearson
Dream of a Garden & Other Poems
Ellen Clare Pearson
1901

This copy £184

The Sweet O' The Year: Thoughts From a Village Garden by Emily Ridgway
Sweet O' The Year: Thoughts From a Village Garden
Emily Ridgway
1908

This copy: £1,250


An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter with pictures and illuminations by Childe Hassam
An Island Garden
Celia Thaxter
1894



This copy £3,214

The Flowers Personified: Being a Translation of Grandville's Les Fleurs Animees by J.J. Grandville
The Flowers Personified
J.J. Grandville
1849


This copy £467

Beautiful Flowers and How to Grow Them by Horace J. Wright & Walter P. Wright
Beautiful Flowers & How to Grow Them
Horace J. Wright & Walter P. Wright
1922

This copy £25
The Rose Book: a Complete Guide for Amateur Rose Growers by H.H. Thomas
The Rose Book
H.H. Thomas
1913



This copy £196

Familiar Wild Flowers, Series 1-5  by Edward F. Hulme
Familiar Wild Flowers, Series 1-5
Edward F. Hulme
1878


This copy: £287


Chemical Gardening For The Amateur: Gardening Without Soil Made Easy by Charles H. Connors and Victor A. Tiedjens
Chemical Gardening for the Amateur
Charles H. Connors and Victor A. Tiedjens
1939

This copy £32

Cut Flowers by Oliver Onions
Cut Flowers
Oliver Onions
1927



This copy £215

Little Garden People and What They Do by Ann Pearsall Sharp
Little Garden People and What They Do
Ann Pearsall Sharp
1938


This copy £53
Rock Gardening for Amateurs by H.H. Thomas
Rock Gardening for Amateurs
H.H. Thomas
1914


This copy £66

The Native Flowers of New Zealand illustrated in colours in the best style of modern chromo-litho art, from drawings coloured to nature. by Mrs. Charles Hetley
The Native Flowers of New Zealand
Mrs. Charles Hetley
1887

This copy: £1,740


Orchids (Present-Day Gardening Series) by James O'Brien
Orchids (Present-Day Gardening Series)
James O'Brien
1910

This copy £30

Wild Flowers of Colorado by Emma Homan Thayer
Wild Flowers of Colorado
Emma Homan Thayer
1885


This copy £67

The Flowers and Gardens of Japan by Ella and Florence Du Cane
The Flowers and Gardens of Japan
Ella and Florence Du Cane
1908


This copy £96
Flowers of the Engadine: Drawn From Nature by Evelyn Dawsonne Heathcote
Flowers of the Engadine: Drawn From Nature
Evelyn Dawsonne Heathcote
1901

This copy £450

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