(London: William S. Orr & Co., 1849, 1855). 298 x 230 mm. (11 5/8 x 9 1/4"). Five volumes. Second Editions.
Uniformly bound in pleasing 19th century green half morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, spine compartments gilt with swirling floral vines, gilt titling, all edges gilt. WITH A TOTAL OF 300 HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPHS, as called for. Nissen BBI 1233-37 (1st ed.); Sitwell, "Great Flower Books," p. 115. Very minor rubbing to joints and extremities, but A SPLENDID SET with only the most trivial imperfections inside and out, THE PLATES ESPECIALLY BRIGHT, WITH LOVELY COLORING.
This is a handsomely bound and remarkably well-preserved set of the famous flower gardening manuals by noted horticultural writer Jane Webb Loudon, whose works helped to popularize gardening as a hobby for ladies. The series began with "Ornamental Annuals" in 1840, followed by "Bulbs" (1841), "Perennials" (originally two volumes, 1843-44), and "Greenhouse Plants" (1848). Second editions of each work appeared individually in 1849, and are sometimes found as a set, as here; however, in addition to these gardening guides, our set has a bonus volume: the 1855 second edition of Mrs. Loudon's "British Wildflowers," which first appeared in 1846. To have all five titles complete and uniformly bound is uncommon and particularly desirable. Loudon (1807-58) began writing to help support her family after the death of her father, achieving some success with "The Mummy" (1827) which DNB describes as "a pioneering work of science fiction that brought together political commentary, Egyptomania, and interest in technology." In a story straight out of a romantic comedy, this work was favorably reviewed by writer and publisher John Loudon, who was struck by the work's incorporation of such technological innovations as a steam-driven mower and the telegraph. Impressed, he sought to make the author's acquaintance, discovering to his surprise that the creator was an attractive young woman. They married in 1830, and Jane began working closely with her husband--who happened to be the leading gardening writer and landscape designer of the day--on his "Gardener's Magazine." When they fell into debt over the production of a particularly expensive book, she took up her pen to write gardening works for ladies which, according to Adams, became "standard books of reference, and attained a large circulation." These popular manuals comprised innovative departures from the specialized horticultural tomes generally intended for a male audience. After her husband's death, which left her in financial straits, Loudon continued with her horticultural writings and also edited the "Ladies' Companion at Home and Abroad," a weekly periodical intended to contribute to the education of women and the general elevation of their position in the world. (ST14271)
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