Garden-craft old and new. With memorial notice by the Rev. E.F. Russell. Sixteen illustrations.
London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. 1891.
8vo. vii + (1) + xxvi + ( 2) + 215 + (1)pp, 16 plates including frontispiece. Publisher’s gilt-stamped cloth. Ink ownership inscription of Lindsay Mackie, 25 March 1943. Subsequently Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel.
First edition (two later editions followed). Reflections on garden design by Sedding (1838-1891), architect and one of the intellectual begetters of the Arts and Crafts movement. As Sedding explains in his preface, the book owes its origin to a lecture delivered by him to the Art Workers Guild, but eventually assumed this more substantial form. The manuscript had been delivered by Sedding to his publishers before his premature death, and the opportunity was taken to add a vividly written introductory tribute to him by a close friend.