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Sweet Pea Books

Second hand books about sweet peas are hard to find, and new ones are published very infrequently these days. There seem to have been periods when such books were all the rage, 1901 - 1916, 1926 - 1930, 1949 - 1965, and a good selection of titles must have been available both in the UK and the USA. At present, however, we are less fortunate, and there is an increasing interest in these earlier books. Although our knowledge of sweet peas increases steadily, the books from the 1950s still offer sound guidance on most aspects of cultivation, while the earlier publications offer a fascinating insight into the period when sweet pea fever was at its height. We have a few copies surplus to our own collection and are pleased to offer them to our customers. The books are generally in good condition, but the older volumes in particular tend to have the binding somewhat faded, and some brown spotting ("foxing") especially of the endpapers. Dust jackets may be worn or absent, but text and illustrations are complete and clean.

New Books

Rowland P.E.M. 2005 The Grandiflora Sweet Peas. A comprehensive guide to the Grandiflora or 'Antique' varieties of sweet peas, with 13 colour photographs and various b/w illustrations.
A5 paperback booklet with 32 pages. £5.00

Secondhand Books

Baker, J. O. n.d. The English Flower Garden, The Rose and Sweet Pea. Garden Book Club edn. 128 pages, 1 colour and 17 monochrome illustrations (only 6 of sweet peas) from original paintings by Kathleen E. Williams. A nice copy in dustjacket. £7.50

Janes, E. R. 1961 Sweet Peas. Ward Lock. 192 pages, colour frontis, b/w photos and line drawings. VG with priceclipped dustjacket. £15.00

Wright, Horace J. 1910 Sweet Peas. 1st edn. Present Day Gardening series, T.C. & E.C. Jack. Dark green pictorial cover. 116 pages with 8 colour plates. Spine and covers worn, corners bumped, but contents very clean with previous owner's stamp inside front cover. £24.00

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