Paxton's Flower Garden.
London, Bradbury and Evans, 1853
Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865) was appointed head gardener at Chatsworth House at the tender age of 23, rising under the patronage of the 6th duke to become agent for the estate in 1849. Under his care 'Chatsworth became the most famous garden in England' (ODNB). This work was edited by the botanist John Lindley (1795-1865), with whom Paxton had founded the weekly periodical 'The Gardener's Chronicle', and previously collaborated on a report on the royal gardens.
First edition; 3 vols, 4to (27.5 x 21.5 cm); 108 hand-coloured lithographic plates, tissue guards, wood-engravings in text; original green blindstamped and gilt cloth, gilt spine, all edges gilt, the spines slightly faded, cloth with toning patches, occasional spotting to text, vol. I [A2] with tear to gutter margin but holding; iv, 194; , 186; , 178pp.
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