LOUDON, Jane Wells (1807-1858)
The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Greenhouse Plants ... Second Edition
London: William S. Orr & Co., 1850. 4to. (11 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches). Half-title. 42 hand-coloured lithographic plates by Day & Haghe after Mrs. Loudon.
Publisher's green cloth gilt, illustration of a flower in gilt on upper cover, spine tooled in gilt, glazed yellow endpapers
Provenance: Frederick du Cane Godman (bookplate)
One of the most beautiful of all Mrs. Loudon's works.
As Mrs. Loudon points out in her introduction: "The plants I am now about to describe are, generally speaking, more beautiful than any included in my previous works, as they are natives of countries where the sun has most power, and where consequently colours are the brightest." The work concentrates on exotics (from Japan, Australia, the East Indies, South Africa , South America and elsewhere) that can only thrive in Great Britain in a greenhouse environment. The present work is the final title in a series of five highly popular botanical works written by Jane Loudon between 1840 and 1848. She was prompted to begin the series in an attempt to alleviate the debt incurred by her husband. John Loudon (botanist, gardener, farmer and horticultural writer) married Jane Webb in 1830, she was 23 and he 47. He had sought her out after reviewing a copy of her first published novel The Mummy, a tale of the twenty-second century. They met in February 1830 and married on 14 September.
Great Flower Books (1990) p.115; Nissen BBI 1236.