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Macmillan and Co., London.
Blue boards with white lettering and illustration.
Fair, some shelf wear and scuffing especially to top and bottom of spine. Small cracks in rear hinges. Fair amount of foxing and marks of age to endpapers and inside pages. Black and white photographs remain good.
1902, believed to be first edition.
Illustrated throughout by many black and white photographs and diagrams. 212 pp. The Author is Alicia Amhurst Cecil, writing under her married name, The Hon. Mrs Evelyn Cecil.
A comprehensive and most charming guide to creating and maintaining a garden, especially aimed at enthusing children with the joys such a pastime. can bring. After an introduction, the book is divided into sections covering each of the four seasons. The many photographs, of gardens, individual plants and little Edwardian gardeners really bring alive the sound practical advice and historical period. One photograph shows the gardens at Swiss cottage in the grounds of Osborne house that Queen Victoria had laid out in equal size plots for each of her nine children. These can be seen unchanged today. Little excerpts from poems illuminate the text. However, the advice for children to use red lead to stop mice eating seeds may not be so welcome now!