looking for pre-1910 bulb books

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Wed, 23 Nov 2005 06:43:28 PST
John Grimshaw really skimmed the cream, but here are some others which
deserve consideration:

Dutch Bulbs and Gardens, text by Una Silberrad and Sophie Lyall, paintings
by Mima Nixon, 1909, London, Adam and Charles Black

Van Oosten, Dutch Gardener, 1703: I've never seen this, but Mrs. Wilder
mentions it several times and the title at least must be known to many
readers who would be glad to see the actual book. 

If you stick to the 1910 deadline, you'll have to bypass Jacob's Tulips,
from the Present-Day Gardening series (1912), a work loved by generations of
tulip growers, and also Dykes' The Genus Iris (1913) and also John Weathers'
The Bulb Book (1911), another work much used by earlier generations of
amateur bulb growers. 

There exists a handsome illustration of Lilium speciosum attributed to
German-American artist Joseph Prestele (1796-1867) held by the Rush Rhees
Library, University of Rochester.

Jim McKenney   
Montgomery County Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I can't imagine the
gardening life led without books. 

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