THE GARDEN OF JAPAN A Year's Diary Of Its Flowers
London: George Allen 1892. First edition. Piggott's personal floral diary of Japan describes not only the seasonal progression of flowers in his own garden there, but also native flowers, trees and plants as they appear in the country's landscape and as they appear as decorations or symbols in Japanese ceremonial and everyday life. In addition to describing his own garden, he takes the reader on a tour of Count Okuma's garden at Waseda near Tokyo and on a June walk in the mountains around Miiyanoshta. Illustrated with reproductions of drawings by Alfred East and sketches by the author, including two full page color reproductions from his sketchbook. The entire design of the book is also a lovely example of Japonisme with color decorative designs adapted from Japanese lacquer boxes, flower-types cast from Japanese models by Messrs. Clowes, etc. 4to (27.5 x 21.5 cm); (viii) + 60 + (11) pp. with colored designs on half title, title page and dedication page, numerous text decorations including reproductions of photos and sketches, 4 black and white full page reproductions from paintings and 2 full page color lithographed plates from sketches.
Original paper covered boards, gilt titling and printed decoration along upper edges, heavily soiled, including some ink staining and scuffing; original decorative endpapers, internally very good.
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