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[JACSON OR JACKSON, MARIA ELIZABETH]. - The Florist's Manual, or, hints for the construction of a gay flower garden. With observations on the best methods of preventing the depredations of insects.

London, for Henry Colburn 1816. Octavo, uncut in publisher's boards with title label on the spine; 74,[2 publisher's list]pp, two folding plans for flower gardens. Rear endpaper removed, still a nice copy. ¶ First edition of Miss Jacson's most successful book; it ran to at least three editions. According to a great-nephew Maria and her sister Frances took up their pens to bail out their feckless cleric brother, Shallcross; Maria with botany and Frances with novels. It took twenty years or more for Shallcross to drink himself to death so they each wrote four or five books between the mid 1790s and the early 1820s. The booklist at the end announces her sister's new novel 'Rhoda'. A mix of taste manual and practical gardening this is, according to diligent feminist historians, one of the first gardening books for women written by a woman. Miss Jacson deplores both the habit of ladies leaving the layout of their gardens to the taste of their head-gardeners and the fad for American plants "with their names painted on large headed pegs". Such things "will not produce a gay flower-garden". The consensus is that 'Jacson' is the correct spelling. Librarians of the world take note.
AUD 165.00 [Appr.: EURO 103.25 US$ 117.17 | £UK 88.5 | JP¥ 13039] Book number 9888

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