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Flora and Sylva
1903 - ROBINSON, William. Flora and Sylva, A Monthly Review for Lovers of Garden, Woodland, Tree or Flower. London: (Eyre and Spottiswoode), 1903-05. Three volumes. Folio, contemporary blue-green cloth gilt, top edges gilt, uncut. $1800.First edition of a wonderful periodical series on early 20th-century horticulture and garden design, edited by one of the most famous landscape designers of the period and illustrated with 66 spectacular full-page chromolithographic plates of flowers, numerous intricately wood-engraved text illustrations, and several half-tone photographs of flowers printed on coated stock.British landscape designer William Robinson was the leading exponent of the wild or natural garden, which he advocated in all of his writings, including Flora and Sylva, which began as a periodical in April 1903 and ran through December 1905""comprising 33 issues altogether. "Robinson initiated a revolution in gardening. In his own inimitable way he poured scorn on the formal bedding out of plants of the Victorians" (Hay, English Flower Garden). His "wild garden concept". clearly marked the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of natural garden design". in late 20th-century terms, Robinson is characterized as "˜a whole hearted ecologist" (Wolschke-Bulmahn, Nature and Ideology, 2). Devoted to creating a beautifully produced journal, Robinson sought out the "best color-printer in Europe". paper mills that still make real paper" and the finest artists and engravers (Preface). The vivid floral chromolithographs are drawn from paintings by Henry G. Moon, whose death late in 1903 contributed to the suspension of the journal, and to whom the third volume is dedicated. Nissen 2251. Faint patches of foxing to some plates (as usual), original cloth with light wear and staining. An extremely good set. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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