The London Town Garden

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

ISBN 10: 0300085389 / ISBN 13: 9780300085389
Published by Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2001
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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The London Town Garden by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan. Published by Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2001. 1st Edition. Hardbound, Paper DJ. Size 4to. Condition: Nr Fine in Good DJ. 289 Pgs. ISBN 0300085389. LCCN 00-043969. Much has been written about London's terraced houses with their simple dignity, their economical use of space and their sense of comfort and human scale. Yet the small gardens that lie before or behind the houses in this great city have until now been overlooked. In this account of the development of the private garden in London, the author provides a delightful remedy to the oversight. Recognizing the contribution of modest domestic gardens to the texture of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century London, he explores in detail the small gardens, their owners and their significance to the development of the metropolis. Some two hundred illustrations enhance this rich and fascinating discussion. Description text copyright 2009 BooksForComfort. Item ID 19358. Bookseller Inventory # 19358

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Title: The London Town Garden

Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st edition.

Book Type: book

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Much has been written about London’s terraced houses with their simple dignity, their economical use of space, and their sense of comfort and human scale. Yet the small gardens that lie before or behind the houses in this great city have until now been overlooked. In this groundbreaking account of the development of the private garden in London, eminent garden historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan provides a delightful remedy to the oversight. Recognizing the contribution of modest domestic gardens to the texture of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century London, Longstaffe-Gowan explores in full detail the small gardens, their owners, and their significance to the development of the metropolis. Some two hundred illustrations enhance this rich and fascinating discussion.

Town gardening was conventionally maligned as a trifling pursuit conducted within inhospitable and infertile enclosures. This view changed during the eighteenth century as middle class Londoners found in gardening activities an outlet for personal enjoyment and expression. This book describes how gardening affected the lives of many, becoming part of the ritual of the daily round and gratifying material aspirations.

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