The parks, promenades & gardens of Paris described and considered in relation to the wants of our own cities and of public and private gardens.
London, John Murray 1869.
8vo. xxxii + 644pp, 48 woodcut plates, 347 text ills, 3 folding maps. Publisher’s gilt stamped decorative green cloth.
First edition of this very substantial study of Paris’s public parks, urban squares and general gardening culture, based on personal research by the English gardener and garden designer William Robinson (1838-1935). One of Robinson’s purposes was to draw lessons from French practice for the benefit of an English readership, most specifically in relation to the management of the London park system and to the provision of further public open spaces in less fashionable parts of the city, and he uses his introduction to express strong reservations about what he views as the waste of resources involved in maintenance and costly improvements to the Royal Parks. He also praises French skills in the growing of fruit and of salads, and of such speciality crops as asparagus and mushrooms.