The Ladies' Flower-Garden


The Ladies’ Flower-Garden
[comprising] ornamental annuals; ornamental perennials (2 volumes); ornamental bulbous plants; ornamental greenhouse plants; British wild flowers.
London, William Smith, 1834-1849.

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The Ladies' Flower-Garden


An attractive set including two first editions of Loudon’s popular botanical works, containing a wealth of handsome hand-coloured lithographs.

Loudon began her literary career with a strange futuristic novel entitled The Mummy (1827), and only began to write botanical works after her marriage to and work alongside John Loudon, the horticultural publisher and writer. Aware that the abundance of technical terms in horticultural books were off-putting to new gardeners, particularly women, she went about making gardening an accessible recreational activity. A self-taught artist, Loudon ranks as one of the most successful female botanical illustrators. Her artistic style, which involved grouping flowers to form delicate bouquets, though unusual for the time was immediately accepted among gardeners. Her attractive illustrations, known for their bright colour, became extremely sought after and were often imitated in designs for decorative products.


Five works bound in 6 volumes, 4to (27 x 22cm.), first editions of Ornamental Perrenials & Ornamental Greenhouse plants, 303 (of 304) hand-coloured lithograph plates (47+95+58+60+42), occasional light spotting, original green cloth gilt, pictorial vignettes to spine and upper covers, spines faded to tan, neat repairs to extremities, a very good set.


Nissen BBI 1253, 1237, 1235, 1233, 1236.


Stock ID: 86137