Lot 34
  • 34

Loudon, Jane Webb

7,000 - 10,000 USD
6,250 USD
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  • The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Annuals — the Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Bulbous Plants — The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Greenhouse Plants —The Ladies' Flower-Garden of Ornamental Perennials — British Wildflowers. London: William Smith, 1840–1846
  • paper, ink, leather
Illustration: 305 handcolored lithographed plates after Jane Wells Loudon by Day & Haghe, tissue-guards.

5 works in 6 volumes, 4to (11 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.; 286 x 222 mm). Binding: Modern half green morocco gilt over the original publisher's green blindstamped cloth covers, original gilt-lettering and gilt floral vignettes on upper covers.

Condition varies, some light browning, a few rough edges, plate 23 in Ornamental Perennials and plate 15 in British Wildflowers detached.  Buckram covers with some wear.


Nissen 1233–1237

Catalogue Note

A fine collection of popular gardening manuals by Jane Webb Loudon (1807–1858), creator of the genre. Before Mrs. Loudon's pioneering manuals, only specialist horticultural books were available in Britain.  Mrs. Loudon's works, which became standard references, helped to make gardening an acceptable activity for suburban women. She was married to John Claudius Loudon, one of the most important nineteenth-century landscape gardeners and horticultural writers.

In addition to creating practical gardening guides for nonspecialists, Mrs. Loudon was an early pioneer of what would later be called science fiction. Her novel The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1827) predicted a world in which women wore trousers, lawyers and surgeons were replaced by automatons, and information was dispersed by a system similar to the Internet. The novel is considered a feminist classic as well as a precursor of science fiction. Jane Webb met her future husband after he wrote a favorable review of her novel.  They became the leading horticulturists of their day and numbered Dickens and Thackeray among their friends.