Signed and Inscribed Presentation Copy

THE AMATEUR GARDENER'S CALENDAR: Being A Monthly Guide As To What Should Be Avoided, As Well As What Should Be Done, In A Garden In Each Month: With Plain Rules How To Do What Is Requisite; Directions For Laying Out And Planting Kitchen And Flower Gardens, Pleasure Grounds, And Shrubberies; And A Short Account, In Each Month, Of The Quadrupeds, Birds, And Insects The Most Injurious To Gardens.

London Longman, Brown, Green, And Longmans 1847. First edition; a signed presentation copy from Loudon. Inscribed: "Mrs. J. Campbell Foster from her sincere friend J.W. Loudon, Bayswater Nov 12th 1857." The instructions in Jane Webb Loudon's comprehensive manual of gardening were sound enough to impress even William Robinson, who had it republished (with his own updating revisions) in 1870, but by then Jane Webb Loudon needed no further introduction to the gardening and scientific publishing world. At the first printing of this title, she had already published the remarkable science-fiction satire THE MUMMY! A TALE OF THE TWENTY-SECOND CENTURY (1827) which brought her to the attention of her future husband, the dynamic and prolific John Claudius Loudon, who was amazed by her scientific outlook. Webb Loudon had already published other works of non-fiction and journalism, some anonymously, but took on the subjects of gardening and horticulture with vigour once introduced to these areas by her husband. Although it is suggested that she was a major force in her husband's work, she created important scientifically based work on her own, especially for Victorian women and children. " Her professional work and reputation enabled her to participate in the world beyond the home...Webb Loudon was one of a number of women writers who helped to transform print media into an area in which women could operate as both producers and consumers." (Dewis, Sarah. THE LOUDONS AND THE GARDENING PRESS. A Victorian Cultural Industry, p 212). Her modesty is frequently mentioned in contemporary accounts and current publications. This is the first signed copy of her work we have had. 12mo (17.8 x 12.2 cm); xx + 372 pp. (+ 32 pp. ads) with 124 wood-engraved text illustrations.

Original cloth with blind stamped patterns; gilt spine title; a bit of shelfwear at spine ends, including tiny slits along upper spine edges, but a very good copy.
Book ID: 16616
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