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Item #30932 A Plain and Practical Treatise on the Culture and Management of the Auricula, Polyanthus, Carnation, Pink, and the Ranunculous; with Full Directions for Preparing the Most Approved Composts, Raising New Varieties from Seed, &c. &c. Founded upon Thirty Years' Successful Experience. Isaac EMMERTON.
A Plain and Practical Treatise on the Culture and Management of the Auricula, Polyanthus, Carnation, Pink, and the Ranunculous; with Full Directions for Preparing the Most Approved Composts, Raising New Varieties from Seed, &c. &c. Founded upon Thirty Years' Successful Experience

A Plain and Practical Treatise on the Culture and Management of the Auricula, Polyanthus, Carnation, Pink, and the Ranunculous; with Full Directions for Preparing the Most Approved Composts, Raising New Varieties from Seed, &c. &c. Founded upon Thirty Years' Successful Experience

London: Printed for the author, and sold by Messrs. Thomas and John Thatcher, seedsmen and florists, 147, Fleet-Street. Printed by W. Wilson, 4, Greville-Street, London, 1819. 12mo. (7 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches). Second edition. a6 B-U6. xii [1]-228. 240 pp. Hand-colored engraved frontispiece plate of five flowers by Hebner and Madox, Title, Dedication to Marchioness of Salisbury, Preface, Treatise, Five flower catalogs, List of subscribers to first edition, List of subscribers to second edition, Whitton Flower Association, Dealers, Index.

Contemporary green marbled paper-backed boards, title in ink manuscript on spine, uncut

A rare work on the auricula, with a beautiful color frontispiece of five flowers.

Emmerton, a London nurseryman, seedsman, 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 composting. Bound-in at rear are lists of subscribers for both the first and second editions, which read like a who's who of London nurserymen. Both editions are rare. "Few people who have given thought to the various composts used by florists can fail to have heard of Isaac Emmerton growing auriculas in very rich but nauseating composts at the beginning of the last century. Hogg admitted Emmerton's auriculas were 'unsurpassed for bold trusses, broad expanded pips of brilliant colors, strong stems, and fleshy foliage.' Sir Rowland Biffen, the outstanding modern authority on the auricula, considered Emmerton's book to be of great importance, Emmerton having a very sound knowledge of his subject." [Gould]

Dewis, Nineteenth-Century Gardens and Gardening: Volume II: Community, pp. 21-29. Gould, "Isaac Emmerton, Thomas Hogg and Their Composts," Garden History, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Autumn 1989), pp.181-187. Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardner, October 31, 1878, p.352.

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Price: $750.00

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