M'MAHON, Bernard (1775-1816)
The American Gardener's Calendar, adapted to the Climates and Seasons of the United States ... Eighth Edition Improved
Philadelphia: Published by A. M'Mahon ... John Young, printer, 1832. 8vo. (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches). Half-title. Folding table. (Browning).
Contemporary calf, morocco lettering piece (front joint starting, worn).
A popular American work on the hot-house and garden.
First published in Philadelphia in 1806. Contains a "complete account of all the work necessary to be done in the kitchen-garden, fruit-garden, orchard, vineyard, nursery, pleasure-ground, flower garden, green-house, hot-house and forcing frames." The folding table compares the progress of vegetation in Pennsylvania with that of some of the famous wine countries of Europe. "Bernard M'Mahon (1775-1816), an Irishman, came to America in 1796, and went at once to Philadelphia, where he founded a successful seed and nursery business. He served horticulture best by publishing in 1806, in Philadelphia, his excellent The American Gardener's Calendar. For 50 years the book was the standard authority in America..." (Hedrick). In addition to being an author and horticulturist, McMahon was Thomas Jefferson's gardening mentor and was chosen by Jefferson to be a steward of the plant collections from the Lewis and Clark expedition. His "Calendar" is his most enduring work.