A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800. Mark Laird.
A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800
A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800
A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800
A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800
A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800
A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800
A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800

A natural history of English gardening, 1650-1800

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. Hardcover. Yellow cloth covering with silver tooled lettering. Illustrated dust jacket. 440 pp. Profusely illustrated in B&W and color. Includes maps, plans, and portraits. Fine, VG+, slight shelf wear on dj, otherwise clean. Item #177832
ISBN: 9780300196368

Inspired by the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White, who viewed natural history as the common study of cultural and natural communities, Mark Laird unearths forgotten historical data to reveal the complex visual cultures of early modern gardening. Ranging from climate studies to the study of a butterfly's life cycle, this original and fascinating book examines the scientific quest for order in nature as an offshoot of ordering the garden and field. Laird follows a broad series of chronological events - from the LIttle Ice Age winter of 1683 to the drought summer of the volcanic 1783 - to probe the nature of gardening and husbandry, the role of amateurs in scientific disciplines, and the contribution of women as gardener-naturalists. Mary Delany's prolific and breathtaking botanical collages, when analysed alongside the duchess of Portland's shell studies, show female accomplishment elevated to the foundational work of the virtuosa. Illustrated by a stunning wealth of visual and literary materials - paintings, engravings, poetry, essays and letters, as well as prosaic household accounts and nursery bills - Laird fundamentally transforms our understanding of the English garden as a powerful cultural expression and as a vulnerable natural web of life. -- from dust jacket.

OCLC: 893668932

Price: $50.00

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