THE FLORAL WORLD AND GARDEN GUIDE [from 1877:] AND COUNTRY COMPANION
by Hibberd, [James] Shirley [ed]
London: Groombridge and Sons, 1879. Fourteen volumes. Octavo. Uniformly bound in 3/4 19th century red calf and marbled boards, spines gilt extra. Some wear to binding extremities, spines of three volumes darkened, with some old discoloration to side panels, some foxing early and late and lightly to a few of the plates, but a good, sound set, with bookplate and occasional pencil signatures of early owner in a few volumes. A good, long run of this extensively illustrated periodical, something of an early landmark in the history of amateur gardening. It began publication in 1858, and Hibberd remained as editor until 1875. Throughout its life, it featured an extensive array of wood- engraved illustrations, and beginning with the volume here for 1868, chromolithographed color plates, usually of floral or other botanical specimens, but occasionally of views of gardens or arrangements. In addition to the uncolored wood-engravings, here present are 140 chromo plates, including some folding plates in the later volumes. Hibberd (1825 - 1890) was a champion of the decorative garden and amateur gardening, published a number of individual books and manuals on associated topics. "As a social historian of internal and exterior furnishings his work is almost unchallenged. From 1861 he was also connected with the GARDENER'S MAGAZINE, becoming editor towards the end of his life. He was an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society, often exhibiting specimen plants from his own collection and judging others, and also wrote on seaweeds and aquarium plants. In the 1880s, his fame as a practical plantsman was sufficient for him to be consulted by the government about potatoes and the potato blight" - DNB. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76674)
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