London: Groombridge and Sons, 1871. First edition. Cloth. A Very Good copy. Clipped title page, lightly rubbed edgewear. 12mo. (5.5 x 7.75 inches). Green beveled cloth boards with gilt lettering and floral design in black to front board and spine. AEG. iv, 285 pp, engraved frontispiece, 5 colored plates with tissue guards,16pp publisher's listing bound in. 6 bright and showy hand-finished colored wood-engravings by Benjamin Fawcett, and numerous wood-engraved text illustrations. The colored wood- engraved plates include Show Fuchsia (frontispiece), Show Pelargonium, Show Picotee, Show Ranunculus, Show Dahlia, Hybrid Perpetual Rose.
Shirley Hibberd (London 1825-90) popular Victorian garden writer was one of the first writers to promote amateur gardening through his many publications which included 'Rustic Adornments for Homes and Taste' and 'Brambles and Bay Leaves'.
A lovely copy. (McLean 75.). Very Good. Item #7087