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Item #40826 Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers. Jane Wells LOUDON.
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers
Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers

Complete Series of The Ladies' Flower-Garden and British Wild Flowers

5 works in 6 volumes. Early issues (1842-1849). 4to. (10 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches). 304 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Uniformly bound in contemporary green calf gilt by Riviere. Spines with raised bands in six compartments, morocco lettering-pieces in second and third compartments, others with repeat overall decoration in gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. A complete set of Early Editions of Jane Loudon's widely regarded gardening manuals that made the world of botany and gardening more approachable to a diverse readership, particularly for women interested in horticulture. 1.) The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Annuals. London: William Smith, 1842. Second Edition. [vii] viii-xvi, [i] ii-iv, [1]-272. With half-title and dedication. 48 hand-coloured lithographed plates (Plate 26 bound in as frontispiece). 2.) The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Perennials. London: William Smith 1843-1844. First Edition. Vol. I: x, [1]-190. With half-title. Vol. II: x, [1]-170. 96 hand-coloured lithographed plates across 2 volumes (plates 4 and 53 bound in as frontispieces). 3.) The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Greenhouse Plants. London: William Smith 1843. First Edition. xii, [1]-215. With half-title. 42 hand-coloured lithographed plates (plate 7 bound in as frontispiece). 4.) The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Bulbous Plants. London: William S. Orr & Co 1849. Second Edition. x, [1]-270. With half-title. 58 hand-coloured lithographed plates. 5.) British Wild Flowers. London: William S. Orr & Co. 1849. Second Edition. xvi, [1]-311. With half-title. 60 hand-coloured lithographed plates.

Jane Loudon's series The Ladies' Flower Garden serves as a comprehensive guide to the cultivation of flowers and plants aimed to encourage women to take an active role in gardening and explore the pleasures of cultivating and beautifying their outdoor spaces. Although presented here as a set, Loudon's intention, as stated in the preface of the first work in the series, was for each work to be complete in itself "so that the proprietor of a small town-garden, who can grow only annuals or bulbs, need only purchase the volume, or volumes, containing the plants he feels inclined to cultivate." In contrast to the specialist language of botanical publications at the time, Loudon's writing is accessible and informative, making it a valuable resource for both novice and experienced gardeners. Jane Loudon embarked on her series of accessible botanical publications in 1838, motivated by her desire to alleviate her husband's financial burden. Loudon's husband was the esteemed botanist, gardener, and horticultural writer, John Loudon, whom she had met after her popular novel, The Mummy, Tales for the Twenty Second Century, was published. Prior to her marriage, Jane Loudon had no formal training in botany but John Loudon's expertise and extensive knowledge of horticulture greatly influenced Jane's own interest in the subject. Under his guidance, she became a skilled horticulturist and author in her own right.

Great Flower Books (1990) p.115; Nissen BBI 1233, 1235, 1236, 1237, 1253; cf. Pritzel 5632 (first edition).

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Price: $12,000.00

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