EMMERTON, Isaac (circa 1769-1823)
A Plain and Practical Treatise on the Culture & Management of the Auricula, Polyanthus, Carnation, Pink, and the Ranunculous ... Second edition
London: Printed for the author, 1819. 8vo. (7 x 4 1/4 inches). Hand coloured engraved frontispiece, engraved by Hebner and Madox. Uncut.
Contemporary paper-backed boards.
A scarce work on the auricula.
The author, a Barnet, Hertsfordshire (now London) nurseryman and florist, originally published this work devoted to the auricula, in 1815. Besides detailed descriptions on the flower's cultivation, the work includes a list of varieties, as well as much information on and recipes for composting. Bound in the rear are lists of subscribers of both the first and the present second edition, which reads like a who's who of London nurseryman. Both editions are rare.