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Mrs. Loudon
British Wild Flowers
Mrs. Loudon[309] pp.1846William Smith60 colour platesComplete, including all 60 handcolored floral lithographs. A scarce title difficult to locate with all plates intact, the present a lovely example unfoxed and retaining its bright colors. 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.and she 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 for learning, cultivation, and exploration. "My object is to enable any amateur who may find a pretty wildflower to ascertain its name and and some particulars respecting it; and, in addition to these details, I have ventured to add a few remarks on the botanical construction of most of the plants, in the hopes of inducing such of my readers as may be unacquainted with botany to study a charming science which has hitherto been too much neglected." By the time of this volu … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Cary Collection [Bristol, CT, U.S.A.]
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