Title The Gardener's Assistant : Practical and Scientific. A guide to the formation and management of the kitchen, fruit and flower garden &c &c.
Book Condition First Edition, contemporary half calf with green morocco label, over dark green pebble cloth boards. Small folio [binding c. 25.5 x 17 cms], pp.[iii] - xv, verso blank, 774, bound without half-title [?], spine faded and just chipped at extreme head, corners lightly scuffed. Contents very clean and crisp, an excellent solid copy.
Publisher London, Blackie & Son .
Seller ID 9515
With 12 superb hand-coloured plates as issued : and with 268 woodcut illustrations in the text of plants, layouts, greenhouses, tools and other equipment. *** The hand-coloured plates [engraved by Thomas Dick and by J. W. Lowry] are by Augustus Innes Baker Withers 1792 - 1869, one of the outstanding illustrators of the day. She contributed to many famous works including Bateman's Orchidaceae of Mexico, and Maund's The Botanist. She was appointed Flower Painter in Ordinary to Queen Adelaide and later to Queen Victoria, and for many years exhibited at the Royal Academy. 'Her work is often raised for its accuracy, tight composition and rich use of colour' [Studio Botanika].
Robert Thompson Garden Gardener Horticultural kitchen fruit flower Thomas Dick J. W. Lowry hand-coloured plates illustrations Augustus Innes Baker Withers