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Loudon, Mrs. (Jane Webb).

BRITISH WILDFLOWERS.

William Smith: London. 1847. 60 hand colored botanical plates, 11 x 9, half leather with gilt lettering and raised bands on spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, 311 pp. Front cover detached, rear outer hinge starting, covers worn, soiled, scuffed/scraped, corners bumped and worn, spine lacking a couple of panels, leather is brittle and splitting, wear to page edges, bookplate, pencil notes in plate list, title page and first contents page have tears and chipping, spotting inside endpapers, pages browning, text block cracked, some soiling and smudging to a few of the plates. Not listed but illustrator is Henry Noel Humphreys. Very attractive illustr with a minimum of three different flowers on each plate. Colors such as purple, yellow, pink, blue, orange are bright and sharp. Jane Webb Loudon was a gardening novice upon her marriage to John C. Loudon, a well respected landscape gardener and writer. She gained much knowledge during her marriage by working in the garden with her husband, planting and experimenting and assisting in his research for his major work, "Encyclopedia of Gardening." It was during this time that she became aware of how technical most gardening books were, making it difficult for her to learn. Mrs. Loudon saw the need for an illustrated gardening book that would appeal to the average person. "My object is to enable any amateur who may find a pretty flower growing wild to ascertain its name and some particulars respecting it. . . " A "groundbreaker" in the gardening world.


Book Id: 97-6557

Price: $1,995.00

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