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ID
a66
Title
Flower Gardening: A Reader's Guide.
Genre
Essay
Page Count
24
Word Count
2300
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Year
1950
Document Types
Literary Criticism
Topics
Gardening, Books

Cambridge University Press, for the National Book League, 1950 (May 19). One in a series of subject bibliographies (ranging from "parliament" and "ballet" to "home handyman" and "cricket," and including essays by C. Day Lewis, Elspeth Huxley, and A.A. Milne. In Bates's seven-page essay, which is followed by a fourteen-page annotated bibliography prepared by Miles Hadfield, he writes knowledgeably and enthusiastically about books from the fifteenth century on, mostly maintaining a scholarly distance but not hesitating to insert the occasional personal opinion or the fact that he once "found the twenty-eight volumes of the edition of 1796 [of Sweet and Sowerby's gardening books] for six guineas. Its illustrations, I remember, worked out at a halfpenny a time."