Loudon, Mrs. J. W.
Instructions in Gardening for Ladies
Seller ID: 1602
London: John Murray, 1840. First edition (xii, 406, index, adverts), illustrated with a variety of engravings (e.g., a lady's gauntlet). Small octavo (17.5 cm) in green cloth with gilt decoration and title to spine (sun-faded). Taking occasional instruction from her husband John C. Loudon, one of the principal botanical and horticultural authorities of the early Victorian period, she became expert herself in matters of practical gardening and horticulture and could explain in everyday terms the ordinary work of gardening while, as she says, "Books intended for professional gardeners...are seldom suitable to the wants of amateurs...[and] adepts often find it impossible to communicate the knowledge they possess." Other than a lightly foxed title page, clean, sturdy and bright. A scarce book on practical gardening and one of the earlier ones intended for women.
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