LINDLEY, John (1799-1865)
The Theory of Horticulture; Or, an Attempt to Explain the Principal Operations of Gardening Upon Physiological Principles
London: A. Spoitiswoode, 1840. Octavo. (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches). xvi, 387, pp., plus 32-pp. publisher's ads.
Publisher's green cloth, covers blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt
Provenance: Rothamsted Experimental Station (inked stamp on endpaper)
A scientific guide for all gardeners.
John Lindley, the son of a gardener, received an early education in his plants and gardening. One of his first important acquaintances was Sir Joseph Hooker, at whose house at Halesworth Lindley wrote his first work, Observations on the Structure of Fruits, published in 1819. Hooker introduced Lindley to Sir Joseph Banks, and the latter employed Lindley as a librarian. Through Banks's eminent circle of friends and colleagues Lindley came into contact with most of the major botanists and horticulturalists of his day. This work discusses the physiological principles of horticulture, with chapters on germination, root growth, stem growth, flower structures, and effects of temperature.