LOUDON, John Claudius (1783-1843)
Hints of the Formation of Gardens and Pleasure Grounds with designs, in various styles of rural embellishment: comprising plans for laying out flower, fruit, and kitchen gardens, and the arrangement of glass-houses, hot walls, and stoves ...
London: Printed for Gale, Curtis, and Fenner, 1813. 8vo. (11 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches). , 70pp. 2pp. advertisements at the end. 20 plates (double-page), foxed.
Twentieth-century quarter calf marbled boards, spine gilt with red morocco lettering piece.
First edition of the first book to feature a range of designs for the "small garden" of less than one acre.
Loudon was a Scottish botanist and among the most influential and prolific horticultural writers of his time. He studied biology, botany and agriculture at the University of Edinburgh and worked as a city and landscape planner throughout Scotland. He wrote about various botanical and agricultural topics including greenhouses, soil science, solar heating systems, and garden design, for both professional and amateur audiences, reaching a wide audience and increasing popular knowledge of these topics. He is also known for popularizing the term "landscape architecture" and for being the first to use the term "arboretum" in reference to a garden of plants collected for scientific study. Here, Loudon, who was described by Andrew Jackson Downing as "the most distinguished gardening author of the age," writes about laying out small plots of ground and villa grounds, forming and arranging kitchen gardens and flower gardens, and constructing hot houses, and includes a list of trees, shrubs, and plants to use.