Dr. D. G. Hessayon: "The Tree and Shrub Expert" pub. "pbi PUBLICATIONS", 1983
Despite the publisher's wonky capitalisation, and the slightly odd use of Hessayon's "Dr." handle, this is a very useful book. It's one of an inexpensive series of "Expert" titles, mostly relating to gardening. It's clearly laid out, in four main sections - shrubs, trees, climbers, and conifers - with photographs and illustrations, and some notes on planting and care.
I can also personally recommend the "Vegetable and Herb Expert", though this is more or less pure gardening - you won't learn much botany from it.
Update May 2001 - For some time I hypothesized that the Dr. D. G. Hessayon was fictional, because the books, while useful, don't read as though they were written by an individual. Tom Coady points out that apparently he is not only real but alive and kicking, giving a "rare" interview to Amazon.co.uk. (And the publishers have changed: they're now "Expert Books, a division of Transworld Publishers Ltd.")
Sokolov, Raymond: "Why We Eat What We Eat (How the encounter between the new world and the old changed the way everyone on the planet eats)", pub. Summit Books, Simon & Schuster, New York 1991; 255pp; ISBN 0-671-66796-3
Excellent introduction to ethnogastrobotany ("where veggies come from"): My review
Out of print: Find used copy through ABE
Spongberg, Stephen: "A Reunion of Trees - The discovery of exotic plants and their introduction into North American and European landscapes", pub. Harvard University Press, 1990, 270 pp large format (22x28 cm)
A wonderful book: see my review
Suzuki Isao et al: Colour pocket plant photo-guides (three volumes, by flower season), pub. Yama-Kei 1995, (10x16.5 cm)
Each volume is 750-plus pages, about 75% covered with photographs, with (Japanese) index to all three volumes. The description for each plant includes the Latin (scientific) name, but there is no Latin index.
These are only available from Amazon.co.jp (fixed price 2700 yen per volume). You can use my popup help to steer you through the buying process. The graphic shows the Japanese title you're looking for.
Coming soon: a proper review, and some more on using Japanese references (including how to find the Japanese name from the Latin name).
Iwatsuki Zennosuke (text), Izawa Masana (photos): "Shida - Koke" (Photo-guide to ferns and mosses), pub. Yama-Kei 1996, (11x18 cm, 270 pp)
Covers all the "lower" plants, including also horsetails, lichens, and worts. The photographs are really outstanding. With both Japanese and Latin (scientific) indexes. (fixed price 1748+tax)
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