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The Garden That I Love.

AUSTIN (Alfred).

AUSTIN (Alfred).

The Garden That I Love.

Woodcut illustrations.

8vo. [207 x 138 x 22 mm]. vi, 168 pp. Contemporary binding of green goatskin, the covers with an arrangement of gilt flowers with long stems. The spine divided into five panels by broad bands, lettered in the second and third panels and with the date towards the foot, and the whole spine including the bands decorated with flowers and stems, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt fillet, the turn-ins and matching inside joints with fillets and a vine roll, plain endleaves, top edge gilt, the others uncut.
London: [by R. & R. Clark Ltd for] Macmillan and Co, 1898.

First published in 1894, this edition has "Eighth Thousand" on the title. Alfred Austin's celebration of the garden of his Kentish home, Swinford Old Manor, was immensely popular and though written in prose it led to his appointment as poet laureate in 1896.

There is some light foxing but it is a delightful copy. The decoration of the spine is inspired and beautifully accomplished. Curiously the binder did not reveal his or her identity.

Bookplate of Mary Longford (1877-1933), daughter of the 7th Earl of Jersey, who in 1899 married Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford. The bookplate was designed by W.P. Barrett and dated 1906. It is inscribed in ink "Almeric FitzRoy. Nov. 8 1899", indicating that it was a (wedding?) gift from FitzRoy (1851-1935), the Clerk of the Privy Council.

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