Title: MY GARDEN (BOOK) : - Scarce Fine Copy of The...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 229 pages. Published in 1999. The author's collection of essays on gardening. One of Jamaica Kincadi's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A lovely production by Susan Mitchell: Regular-sized volume format. Hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Text by Jamaica Kincaid. Green-toned illustrations by Jill Fox. In pale-green pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jamaica Kincaid's "My Garden (Book) ". A full-fledged book on her garden and on the art of gardening itself. Kincaid has what everyone calls the "green thumb", which is enviable because she also has the literary master's touch. Hence, the title is not as mystifying as it appears at first: The book and the garden are both creations of the author, and she refuses to distinguish or choose between the two. An absolute "must-have" title for Jamaica Kincaid collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the front free endpaper by Jamaica Kincaid. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMAICA KINCAID TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374281866. Bookseller Inventory # 3011
Synopsis: Jamaica Kincaid, author of Annie John, writes of gardens and gardeners in her most insightful and engaging book to date.
In My Garden (Book), Jamaica gathers all she loves about gardening and examines it generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination. Kincaid's affections are matched in intensity only by her dislikes. She loves spring and summer, but not winter, which is so unremittingly white. She adores rhododendron Jane Grant and appreciates ordinary Blue Lake string beans, but abhors the Asiatic lily and dreams of ways to trap small plant-eating animals. The sources of her inspiration-seed catalogues (the glossy ones and, even better, the nonglossy ones), legendary gardeners such as Gertrude Jekyll and Graham Stuart Thomas, famous gardens like Monet's at Giverny and Vita Sackville-West's at Sissinghurst-receive keen scrutiny. She also examines the idea of the garden on Antigua, where one of her favorite school subjects was botany, and considers the implications of the English formal garden in colonized countries; and she visits historic English gardens on English soil.
My Garden (Book) is an intimate, playful, and penetrating book on gardens, the plants that fill them, and the gardeners who tend them.
Jamaica Kincaid's most recent book (as editor) is an anthology of writing on plants, My Favorite Plant (FSG, 1998). She lives in Vermont with her husband and children, and teaches at Harvard University.
From the Inside Flap: Jamaica Kincaid's first garden in Vermont was a square plot in the middle of her front lawn, There, to the consternation of more experienced gardener friends, she planted only seeds of flowers she liked best. In My Garden (Book):, she gathers together all she loves about gardening and plants, and examines it in the same spirit: generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination.
Kincaid's affections are matched in intensity only by her dislikes. She loves spring and summer, but cannot bring herself to love winter, for it hides the garden. She adores rhododendron 'Jane Grant,' and appreciates ordinary Blue Lake string beans, but abhors the Asiatic lily and dreams of ways to trap small plant-eating animals. The sources of her inspiration--seed catalogues (the glossy ones, and, preferably, the non-glossy ones), the gardener Gertrude Jekyll, gardens like Monet's at Giverny--are subjected to her scrutiny. She also examines the idea of the garden on Antigua, where she grew up and where one of her favorite school subjects was botany, and she considers the implications of the English idea of the garden in colonized countries. On a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show, she visits historic English gardens on English soil. My Garden (Book): is an intimate, playful, and penetrating book on gardens, the plants that fill them, and the gardeners who tend them.
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