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Hibberd, Shirley. Rustic adornments for homes of taste, and recreations for town folk, in the study and imitation of nature. London: Groombridge & Sons, 1857. 12mo (18.8 cm, 7.375"). Frontis, engr. t.-p., , xv, 508, [2 (adv.)] pp.; 7 plts. $375.00
Magnificently illustrated, detailed manual for the Victorian amateur: Shirley Hibberd advises the would-be urban gardener on how to incorporate the beauty of nature into the home in this elaborately produced volume. Hibberd (1825–90) was one of the first and most popular writers for amateur gardeners in the Victorian era; in addition to championing city gardening, he edited several gardening magazines and published over a dozen books. Here he offers the average nature-admirer instructions on constructing and caring not only for gardens as we first think of them, but also for window boxes, aquariums, aviaries, apiaries, miniature greenhouses, and other "adornments."
This is the second edition, following the first of the previous year, expanded and revised with "many new inventions and improvements; many new engravings, and about one hundred and fifty pages of letter-press . . . added" (p. iv). In addition to the => nine enchanting wood-engraved plates (seven plates hand-colored, including a frontispiece and decorative title-page, and two plates in black and white) done by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by G. Voyer, the guide is enhanced by many elegant wood-engraved in-text and full-page illustrations within pagination, along with a rustic, leafy border around each page.
Binding: Publisher's green horizontal-grain cloth with gilt "wooden" ornamental lettering surrounded by vines, both covers featuring a stunning gilt-stamped garden vignette with trees and a fountain, statue, and urn, all within a border of four fillets. Spine similarly gilt-stamped with vines, bird cage, and glass plant case. All edges brightly gilt. => Signed on front cover with monogram of designer John Leighton.
Provenance: Neatly inscribed on the top portion of the frontispiece (not obscuring the actual image): "To Elizabeth Leislman, from her Aunt E. Forrester, Sept., 1859." On rear pastedown, binder's ticket of Westleys & Co., London.
King, Victorian Decorated Trade Bindings (1830-1880), 245; Nissen, Botanische Buchillustration, 875; Spawn & Kinsella, Ticketed Bookbindings, 568. Bound as above, boards lightly soiled with gilt still bright, edges of boards darkened, bumping to corners and fore-edges; spine darkened. Very minor spots of bumping to fore-edges of leaves; offsetting to tissue guards. Scattered spots of foxing to edges of a few plates and surrounding leaves. => An appropriately lavish look at upscale Victorian urban gardening. (38000) Please RESHELVE This.
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