The Parks, Promenades & Gardens of Paris.
by Robinson, W.
1869. ROBINSON, W. The Parks, Promenades & Gardens of Paris. xxxii, 644 pp. Illustrated throughout with in-text, full-page and fold-out wood-engravings. Thick 8vo., 221 x 142 mm, bound in original green cloth, illustrated and gilt. London: John Murray, 1869. First Edition. William Robinson (1838-1935) is remembered as one of England's greatest gardeners and a pioneer of the English natural garden. He was also a landscape gardener and horticultural journalist. This book is based on observations made during his visit to France in 1867 to report on the horticultural parts of the Paris Exhibition for the Times and several other periodicals. He saw much to admire and emulate in the monumental replanning of the centre of Paris in the 1850's and 1860's that saw the creation of many new public parks and gardens, squares, and boulevards. He writes about the various public parks and gardens including the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc Monceau, the Luxembourg gardens, the public squares of Batignolles, Belleville, Louvois, and others, as well as private gardens and cemeteries, and urges a similar regeneration of London and other English cities. He lists appropriate trees, shrubs, tropical plants, annuals and perennials for public use, and points out the superiority of fruit culture and market gardening in Paris and its environs, and the ways in which the British might improve their own practice and likewise obtain excellent results by the adoption of French methods of budding, grafting, pruning and training, and cultivating of mushrooms, lettuce, asparagus, and other vegetables. There is a chapter dealing with garden implements, machinery, and furniture, and also one describing a horticultural tour through parts of France: A fresh copy in the original decorated cloth binding with just occasional foxing. (Inventory #: 156384)