Published in 1853 by William Blackwood and Sons. Volume II only. Illustrated with black & white drawings in the text. Includes glossary, index of plants and a general index. With gilt decoration on the front cover and spine.
Charles M'Intosh (1794-1864), was a Scottish horticulturist, he had a remarkable career during which he worked for European royalty and the aristocracy on estates where finance for gardening projects was virtually unlimited. However, he also had the ability to write practical books from which a wide range of landowners and gardeners, both professional and amateur, could benefit.
The Book of the Garden's two large volumes, each on a separate main theme; volume 1 being Structural whilst this volume focuses on Cultural. Being the propagation and growing of plants, from vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants, hardy fruit, and the flower garden.
This large and weighty volume of nearly 900 pages, will fascinate gardeners and historians alike. Full of interest facts and tips with detailed explanations of gardening methods over 150 years ago.
The cover is somewhat worn, particularly along the edges, corners and spine. There are splits developing along the spine edges. A few pencil marks here and there in the book. There also appears to be some red stamps to the title pages, although its not clear whether this was a part of the original printing of the volume. Pages are complete and, although lightly yellowed with a few foxing spots, clean and legible. Binding sound, although the spine is a little weak.