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The Ladies' Companion to the Flower Garden. Being an Alphabetical Arrangement of all the Ornamental Plants usually grown in Gardens & Shubberies: with full Directions for their Culture
London: William Smith, 1842. Second edition A Near Fine Second Edition copy, with considerable additions and corrections. Foolscap Octavo (4.75 x 7 inches). Brown blind-embossed cloth with gilt lettering to cover and spine. AEG. Expert minor restoration to the foot of spine, otherwise a very nice copy. Engraved bookplate on front paste down: "Panshanger" under floating crown and entwined "C's". Pp. 350, with numerous wood-engraved illustrations, plus a 16 page publisher's catalogue bound in. hand-colored lithographed frontispiece of a bright bouquet of garden flowers, rendered in Mrs. Loudon's classic style. Produced upon the success of her landmark floricultural series; The Ladies" Flower Garden of Ornamental Annuals, Perennials and Bulbous Plants, (William Smith, London, 1840-45), Mrs. Loudon introduced this lovely Flora's Lexicon. In the words of the eminent Victorian botanical artist and writer, she has created for the edification of the possessor of small gardens, a single handy "dictionary of the English and botanical names of the most popular flowers, with directions for their culture", complete with instruction on the pronunciation. A scarce and timeless gardener's treasure, particularly in this fine condition.
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