London: The Medici Society, Ltd., 1989. Reprint edition. Large octavo, publisher's dark green cloth, spine gilt, original pictorial dust jacket, red and black printed title page, laid paper.
Lively survey history of the English garden – its symbolism, literature and various physical manifestations – from ancient and medieval times, through the Tudor and Stuart periods and the Restoration, up to the Victorian and Edwardian eras, with sidelights on French, Dutch and American influences. "The cottage garden has much in common with hand-needlework, for there is always the individual touch and lack of regularity. Edgings are regular up to a point, but the line of London pride or thrift, etc., will be interrupted by perhaps a clump of pinks or a stray Canterbury bell." Rohde, a prolific author-scholar on the subject, and friend to fellow authorities Gertrude Jekyll and Vita Sackville-West, served as a President of the Society of Women Journalists. Originally published in 1932. Illustrated with 36 color and black-and-white plates, reproductions and in-text drawings. Extensively footnoted, with a lengthy bibliography and detailed index. Light rubbing to edges of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #171