A History of Gardens and Gardening - Edward HyamsLondon: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1971, Hardback in Slip Case in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Slip case is a little faded and has a short split.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour plates; Black & white drawings; 2-column text; Plans;
From the cover: “The author of The English Garden, which was such a critical and popular success on both sides of the Atlantic, has now written this lively and comprehensive account of the artistic and social significance of gardens from prehistoric to modern times. Now generally recognized as one of the leading writers in the field of horticulture, Hyams’s name is sufficient guarantee of a well-researched and authoritative book. He argues that the gardener, coming even before the potter and the farmer at the dawn of culture, was the real founder of civilization. But at a surprisingly early date horticulture evolved from a craft with a purely economic purpose into an art with aesthetic and social purposes. Like all the fine arts, its manifestations and significance differed from culture to culture, and age to age. Thus in Japan, gardens from the eighth century were made as works of fine art inspired by religious symbolism; in Italy as one of the first manifestations of Humanism; in France as an expression of grandeur; in Inca Peru they reflected the wealth and rigid order of a hierarchic communist society; in China and in England, love of Nature refined by art. Each of these gardening styles is examined — and illustrated — and compared with the others. The book is thus primarily an art history, but it traces in broad lines the growth of horticultural science and the changing social role of the garden throughout the ages.
The very fine collection of illustrations — some in full colour — will be of absorbing interest to every lover of gardens and every student of social history. The large size of the page permits them to be reproduced to maximum effect.”