Everything for the Garden.New York, Peter Henderson & Co., 1913 Stock Code: 116822
NotesFirst edition, first printing. This scarce seed catalogue presents the produce of Peter Henderson and Company's seed business, established in 1871 by Peter Henderson, who would be credited as "the great horticultural missionary", recognised for "popularising, improving, and developing gardening" in the United States (Henderson, p. 45). His son, Charles, was the company's president at the time of publication. Their slogan, "Everything for the Garden", conveys the diversity of topics and advice covered by the catalogue, with lengthy sections on produce from Henderson's Ponderosa Tomato, "the grandest tomato on earth", to the company's leading speciality, roses (with over 150 different types offered). There is also a recommended reading list organised into categories such as "Cultures of Special Vegetables", "Plant Breeding, Propagation, Pruning", and "Hardy Gardening and Landscaping".
Quarto. Original colour-illustrated wrappers, titles and decorative border to covers raised and embossed in gilt. With the 2-page order sheet for seeds tipped in to p. 1 and the catalogue request form laid in.
Illustrated front and rear covers depicting the Washington Garden at Mount Vernon and The Queen's Garden, Windsor Castle. 6 colour chromolithograph plates by Sackett & Wilhems, black and white illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and advertisements throu
A well-preserved copy with some gentle wear to extremities, a patch of foxing to lower corner of front cover, contents lightly toned with very minor loss to lower corner of pp. 43-4 and a few tears to pp. 49-53, else in very good condition.
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