|Title||THE LURE OF THE GARDEN|
|Published Date||October 1911|
Charming book that is more social history than scientific treatise. Features stories about gardens of some important figures from the world of arts and letters including Maxfield Parrish, Rose Standish Nichols, the Cornish (NH) Arts Colony, and Edith Wharton. Extensive descriptions of well-known historic gardens written in a slightly sentimental tone. Chapter on gardens in literature. Book signed by author.
|Physical Description||Measures 7 1/2" wide, 10 3/4" tall, and 1 1/4" deep. Bound in glazed spring green linen embossed on spine and front cover with a floral and lattice arrangement, repeated in pink and green on end papers. Front cover carries the title THE LURE OF THE GARDEN in simple block gold lettering and the author's name in script, within horizontal gilded bands. In lines between the title on the cover there is a horizontally-oriented stylized depiction reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of a garden scene printed in black and yellow against the green cover. Spine is imprinted in gold with the title, author's last name, and publisher, framed by small gilded fleur-de-lis decorative devices.There are 259 pages of ragged cut, heavy unglazed cream-colored stock. Color illustrations on glazed stock are faced with tissue for protection. Some black and white half-tones. Extensive foxing on front signature page. Book is heavy for its size. On an interior page toward the front, there is a stamp of BLITHEWOLD/ Gardens & Arboretum. No index. Beautifully illustrated.|