|Title||A BOOK OF GARDENS|
|Author/Composer/Artist||Hyatt, A. H. compiler; Illustrated in colour by Margaret H. Waterfield|
|Additional Author/Composer/Artist||Printed by T. and A. Constable, Printers to His Majesty|
|Publisher / Producer||T.N. FOULIS, PUBLISHER|
|Publication / Performance Date||(1913)|
|Publishing Location / Performance Venue||Edinburgh and London; Boston: Le Roy Phillips|
This charming book is similar in many ways to (book) Obj. # 1976.1.1550 in that it contains gardening essays by well-known figures, including Sir Walter Scott and John Ruskin, and reproductions of Margaret H. Waterfield's famous watercolours of gardens and garden elements. It is also part of the Foulis Books series on gardens, originating in Edinburgh, Scotland., as is 1976.1.1550. The essays are generally of a "romantic" nature and the illustrations depict iconic forms of Arts and Crafts gardens and garden components in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. There is an old-fashioned aesthetic to the planting arrangements shown in the illustrations. This book may be a first edition because online one finds whole text copies of it but with a prominently printed publisher's date, which this book does not show. The book is dedicated to Dolores Alwyn, the significance of which is unknown.
Margaret Waterfield (1860-1950), of Canterbury, England, was a well-known and extensively exhibited illustrator and artist. (Dictionary of British Women Artists, p. 276, Google books).
The hard-bound small book is characterized by rough cut page edges and occasional watercolor reproductions pasted on grey-green stock. The book's front and back covers and spine are heavy green cardboard fading in exposed places. The endpapers are the same green. A book jacket (front cover now completely detached from the rest of the jacket) with title, author's and illustrator's names, and a Margaret Waterfield watercolour reproduction is in need of repair. Interspersed within the book's are occasional stylized "decorations" on individual pages by A.W. Graham Brown.
Dimensions are: 6.5" tall; 4.5" wide; and 5/8" deep. Impressively illustrated.
Arts and Crafts