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Title Gardening for Pleasure: A Guide to the Amateur in the Fruit, Vegetable, and Flower Garden, with full directions for the Greenhouse, Conservatory, and Window Garden
Author/Composer/Artist Henderson, Peter
Publisher / Producer O. Judd Co., David W. Judd, Pres't
Publication / Performance Date 1888
Publishing Location / Performance Venue New York
Summary Although this book indicates it is aimed at leisured amateur gardeners, it veers off into matters of a more technical nature that might be used to educate garden foremen and even commercial gardeners. It deals with issues such as plant propagation, ground drainage, manures, planting plans, grafting, flowers for different seasons, remedies for unhealthy plants, insects, mulching, and so on. At the rear there is a calendar by month of typical garden operations, a sort of work plan.
Physical Description Measuring 7 1/2" tall, 5 1/4" wide, and about 1 1/4" deep, this book contains 404 pages including a detailed index and an alphabetized publisher's list of other titles relating to outdoor pursuits. The book is deep red glazed fine-grain linen, hard bound. The cover has a gilded title in fanciful font, and the spine also has gilded printing with title, author, publisher, and decorative elements. There is a faint embossed band on the front and back covers. Page edges are mostly sharply cut. The book is illustrated with black line drawings of plant material, planting schemes, and garden equipment. On the second inside page, there is a pencilled inscription Mr and Mrs-/Augustus.S. Van Wickle/Morristown-/New Jersey-. On the last blank page in the book are pencilled notes with the date May 20 and a "successional" planting plan plus reminders about how to prepare the ground for planting. The book is densely printed on slightly glazed heavy stock. Illustrated.
Condition Good
Associated with Van Wickle, Augustus Stout
Bessie Pardee Van Wickle McKee
Catalog Number 1976.1.1566
Object Name Book