LOUDON, John Claudius (1783-1843)
The Suburban Gardener and Villa Companion
London: printed for the Author, sold by Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, and W. Black of Edinburgh, 1838. Octavo. (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches). 32pp. of advertisements at end. Approximately 340 wood-engraved illustrations (some full-page).
Original blue/green cloth, covers blocked in blind, the flat spine divided into five compartments by blind fillets, lettered in gilt in the second compartment
First edition of this well-illustrated and informative work designed to appeal to the swelling ranks of the affluent middle classes in early Victorian England.
The aim of this fascinating work by J.C. Loudon, "the most distinguished gardening author of the age" (Andrew Jackson Downing), was to provide help with "the choice of a suburban or villa residence, or of a situation on which to form one; the arrangement and furnishing of the house; and the laying out, planting, and general management of the garden and grounds; the whole adapted for grounds from one perch to 50 acres and upward in extent; and intended for the instruction of those who know little of gardening and rural affairs, and more particularly for the use of ladies" (title). As the title makes clear, the range of this work extends beyond Loudon's normal territory of the garden to include advice on the layout of the rooms and how they should be decorated. The wood-engraved plates range from garden plans, to house plans, to suggested interiors.
Lowndes II, p.1399.