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Author/Composer/Artist King, Mrs. Francis (Louisa Yeomans King)
Publisher / Producer Charles Scribner's Sons
Publication / Performance Date 1922 (originally 1915)
Publishing Location / Performance Venue New York
Summary This book, by the famous American garden club woman founder and garden writer Louisa Yeomans King (Mrs. Frances King), contains a hand-written inscription and author signature on the first endpaper. The quote penned by Mrs. King as she styled herself professionally, is a perversion of something from Sir William Temple. Mrs. King writes, 'Gardening. . . . an employment and/ a possession for which (sic) woman/ is too high or too low.' The quote from Temple is taken from his treatise on the nature of REST, which says ," Gardening is an enjoyment and a possession for which NO MAN is too high or too low." This book contains a preface by Gertrude Jekyll and essays that originally appeared in the American periodical, The Garden Magazine. Black and white photographs are noted to have been taken by a variety of contributors, none mentioned by name. They are serviceable but not of high quality or definition. Miss Jekyll's preface characterizes the book's contents as "stimulating encouragement" to its audience: a female, home flower gardener. The book is indexed and at the rear there is one pull- out page of four generic planting plans. In this edition, there is a chapter of garden notes from 1921 kept by Mrs. King whose renown garden at Orchard House in Alma, Michigan, is further described by S.W. Hendrie in Chapter XIV.
Physical Description This book is covered front and back with glazed, faded maroon linen. The outer spine, also glazed linen, has faded to a muddy grey. The cover and spine are printed with faded gold lettering with title and author, and in the case of the spine additionally with the name of the publisher and 'REVISED EDITION.' Pages are evenly cut with text printed on cream colored heavy book stock. The book is illustrated with black and white photos. Dimensions are: 8" tall; 5.50" wide; and 1.50" deep. Illustrated.
Condition Good
Associated with Marjorie Randolph Van Wickle Lyon
Catalog Number 1976.1.1557
Object Name Book
Search Terms Reading
Bulbs, spring
The Garden Magazine
Alma, Michigan
Orchard House