||c1900 Beetons Dictionary of Every Day Gardening Book Horticulture Eight Color Plates Roses Garden Vegetable Tree Botany Vintage
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Beetons Gardening Book Edwardian Botany Garden.
This fantastic c1900 antique book cover all aspects of gardening and horticulture. It is entitled Beeton’s New Dictionary of Every Day Gardening, Constituting a popular cyclopaedia of the theory and practice of horticulture, floriculture, and pomology in all their various branches to which is added a monthly calendar of garden work throughout the year. There are several color plates made from original watercolor studies, which are incredibly gorgeous and large format, and 500 other black and white illustrative engravings.
It’s comprehensive Contents include:
The philosophy of gardening.
The dictionary of gardening.
Names of flower illustrated in the coloured plates.
Description of flowers illustrated in the coloured plates.
Philosophy of gardening.
Different styles of gardening.
Soils and their characteristics.
Selection of a garden site.
The modern flower garden.
There are five color plates: roses, lilies, border flowers, spring bulbs, and table foliage plants.
A large section of the book is dedicated to the propagation of roses, as well as cultivation, form, and budding. Many roses are listed with their advantages and care. In addition, the book details out the Seasons, and which plants, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables should be grown in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
The larger section of “Dictionary of Gardening” covers soils, vegetables, shrubs, cultivating roses, flowers for the months of the year, budding, rose and shrub espalier, fuchsias, garden walls, gardening implements, grafting, seeds, orchards, trees, potting, propagation, mulching, mowing, pruning, growing potatoes in frames, tent beds, transplanting, warming, soil amendments, lawns, manure, bird netting, what to do with old trees, gardens, and hedges--and more…this is just a sampling!
Many, many individual plants and vegetables are detailed profusely, as well as the copious illustrations. The red cloth covered boards have a gilt rose at the cover center, and gilt imprinting on the spine. The inside flyleaf pages are full of advertisements and are holding well. The pages have a nice patina and are clean and unmarked, with very little handling wear, almost near fine. The front flyleaf has a previous owner's penned inscription. There is almost no foxing, the cover is sunned with a few water droplet marks. Most likely, this was a cabinet book, shelved, and hardly used at all. It is undated, as many British books of the period were, and dates to the 1890's time frame. There are aprox 735 pages, and it measures 5.25 x 8 inches. Beeton’s books are highly collectible and this is a fine example of gardening, botany and horticulture during the 1890-1900’s period.
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