8vo, pp. xxiv, 548, with frontispiece and 7 wood-engraved plates; with over 300 wood-engraved illustrations printed in text, of which 13 full-page; occasional light spots, a few short marginal tears where opened by hand, the second plate detached with consequent marginal dust-staining, half-title and final page browned; a good copy in publisher’s brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, neatly rebacked preserving original spine; rubbed, corners bumped, endpapers renewed.
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The Parks and Gardens of Paris, considered in Relation to the Wants of other Cities and of public and private Gardens, being Notes on a Study of Paris Gardens … third Edition, illustrated.
Third edition of an attractively illustrated guide to the parks and gardens of Paris. The gardener and horticulturalist William Robinson (1838–1935) combines descriptions of the green spaces of the city with observations on the methods of their maintenance, and compares French horticulture with its English equivalent. Though he staunchly insists on English superiority (ODNB notes that he was a ‘belligerent and capricious character’ whom Lutyens found ‘boring and cantankerous’), Robinson acknowledges the particular skills of French gardeners in fruit-culture, which he advocates adopting in England.
Cf. Allan, William Robinson, 1838–1935: Father of the English Flower Garden (1982).
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