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[Loudon, Jane Webb] Mrs. Loudon
The Ladies' Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals
London: William Smith, 1840. First edition. Original greenpublisher's cloth binding, rebacked with original spine laid down. Gilt to spine and front board somewhat rubbed and faded; gentle bumps to corners. Quarto measuring 220 x 280mm. Collates xvi, 272: complete, including all 48 hand-colored plates by Day & Haghe, Lithographers to the Queen. Internally a clean, square, pleasing copy with vividly colored illustrations of the plants being studied and delineated by the famed Victorian botanical writer. One of two first editions on the market, currently the only one in the publisher's cloth. Upon her marriage to landscape engineer John Claudius Loudon, Jane's career as a magazine writer took a shift toward botany. Her close collaboration with John on his Gardener's Magazine opened the door to self-education that would lead to her most important publications: The Ladies' Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals, Ornamental Bulbous Plants, Ornamental Perennials, British Wild Flowers, and Ornamental Greenhouse Plants (1840-1860). Both a savvy business woman and accessible writer, Jane "tapped the ready Victorian market for books popularizing horticulture, botany, and natural history...The Ladies' Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals, the first in a much-reprinted series of informative illustrated books...brought information about the natural system of plant classification to popular audiences" (ODNB). Having had to educate herself in the field, she identified with readers who had little or no education; and she became popular for inviting them into the world of plants as a place … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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