SALTER, John (1798-1874)
The Chrysanthemum; its history and culture
London: Groombridge and Sons, 1865. 8vo. 2 hand coloured zincographed plates by James Andrews, wood engraved plates and illustrations. Contemporary pencil annotations.
Publisher's red cloth, upper cover with central stamp in blind in gilt repeated on lower cover in blind (minor wear and repairs)
First edition of a scarce illustrated monograph on the chrysanthemum.
This monograph on the chrysanthemum was authored by a noted florist and fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society John Salter, who operated the Versailles Nursery in Hammersmith. A contemporary review of Salter's 1864-65 winter garden at his nursery, exhibiting some 1800 chrysanthemums, described him as follows: "Mr. Salter is so well known as the raiser and introducer of beautiful novelties as to render comment on that head unnecessary, for not a year passes in which he does not aquire some striking novelty out of the thousands of seedlings which he himself raises independent of the many other sources which his extensive connection enables him to draw from" (Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener, November 1864). The present work includes a list of all the chysanthemums then in cultivation, including his famed Prince of Wales and Alfred Salter varieties.
Not in Nissen or Stafleu & Cowan.