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SOLD- Vintage book rare 1st edition The Garden Month by Month by Mabel Cabot Sedgwick, 1907 nature writing, color charts, flower photographs

SOLD- Vintage book rare 1st edition The Garden Month by Month by Mabel Cabot Sedgwick, 1907 nature writing, color charts, flower photographs

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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

This book is amazing to hold and leaf through (pun not intended but I'm keeping it because I love it). Seriously, I love looking through it and would treasure it even more if I were a gardener or had any green thumbs or even green fingers or even an inkling to try to grow anything out of the ground on my own. Alas, I don't. I enjoy looking at beautiful old pictures though, and if they are of nature, so much the better.

The book describes itself pretty well in its own title: "The Garden Month by Month, Describing the appearance, color, dates of bloom, height and cultivation of all desirable, hardy herbaceous perennials for the formal or wild garden, with additional lists of aquatics, vines, ferns, etc." and "with over two hundred half-tone engravings from photographs of growing plants, and a chart in colors."

I could leave it there, but I won't, because the collector of this hundreds-upon-hundreds-of-pages array of phenomenal imagery and specific, detailed, enlightening information is a part of a pretty famous American family. This makes the book all the more special for its backstory.

Mabel Cabot was married to Ellery Sedgwick in 1904, and he was quite an accomplished editor in the publishing world at the time. What's remarkable, however, is that Sedgwick was so successful previously and while working at the Boston magazine the Atlantic Monthly (which was in a deficit of thousands then) he ended up buying the journal in 1908 and bringing the circulation up tenfold!

The magazine continues today and is credited with discovering and assisting many amazing writers you'll know by name if not by heart, including Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Emily Dickinson. So Mabel Cabot Sedgwick was certainly a part of high society in the publishing world, and this book was released to favorable review for its subject, as it is not literary so much as natural and artistic.

Ellery Sedqwick was also the brother of the famous American lawyer Henry Dwight Sedgwick, also considered an accomplished author of the time. So this book was born with a famous background, and it lives up to it, even if it is only (and I say only in the lightest sense, meaning importantly) about gardening, from one month, to the next. :)

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Garden Month by Month, Describing the appearance, color, dates of bloom, height and cultivation of all desirable, hardy herbaceous perennials for the formal or wild garden, with additional lists of aquatics, vines, ferns, etc.
-Author: Mabel Cabot Sedgwick "assisted by Robert Cameron, Gardner of the Harvard Botanical Gardens"
-Format: Hardcover, first limited edition "with over two hundred half-tone engravings from photographs of growing plants, and a chart in colors."
-Condition: Nearly mint, binding a bit fragile where front cover attaches but still together. Signed in front by Sidney F. Van Zandt.
-Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes Company
-Copyright: Frederick A. Stokes Company 1907
-Date published: 1907
-Provenance: Found in a small used bookshop in my hometown, Groton CT. This was around 2015 fall I think.
-Pricing: The book is priced this way because it is unavailable in any format that is not digitized, anywhere online. That's the simple fact -- it is beautiful, original, and if you find and own it you are lucky indeed!
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

This book is amazing to hold and leaf through (pun not intended but I'm keeping it because I love it). Seriously, I love looking through it and would treasure it even more if I were a gardener or had any green thumbs or even green fingers or even an inkling to try to grow anything out of the ground on my own. Alas, I don't. I enjoy looking at beautiful old pictures though, and if they are of nature, so much the better.

The book describes itself pretty well in its own title: "The Garden Month by Month, Describing the appearance, color, dates of bloom, height and cultivation of all desirable, hardy herbaceous perennials for the formal or wild garden, with additional lists of aquatics, vines, ferns, etc." and "with over two hundred half-tone engravings from photographs of growing plants, and a chart in colors."

I could leave it there, but I won't, because the collector of this hundreds-upon-hundreds-of-pages array of phenomenal imagery and specific, detailed, enlightening information is a part of a pretty famous American family. This makes the book all the more special for its backstory.

Mabel Cabot was married to Ellery Sedgwick in 1904, and he was quite an accomplished editor in the publishing world at the time. What's remarkable, however, is that Sedgwick was so successful previously and while working at the Boston magazine the Atlantic Monthly (which was in a deficit of thousands then) he ended up buying the journal in 1908 and bringing the circulation up tenfold!

The magazine continues today and is credited with discovering and assisting many amazing writers you'll know by name if not by heart, including Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Emily Dickinson. So Mabel Cabot Sedgwick was certainly a part of high society in the publishing world, and this book was released to favorable review for its subject, as it is not literary so much as natural and artistic.

Ellery Sedqwick was also the brother of the famous American lawyer Henry Dwight Sedgwick, also considered an accomplished author of the time. So this book was born with a famous background, and it lives up to it, even if it is only (and I say only in the lightest sense, meaning importantly) about gardening, from one month, to the next. :)

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Garden Month by Month, Describing the appearance, color, dates of bloom, height and cultivation of all desirable, hardy herbaceous perennials for the formal or wild garden, with additional lists of aquatics, vines, ferns, etc.
-Author: Mabel Cabot Sedgwick "assisted by Robert Cameron, Gardner of the Harvard Botanical Gardens"
-Format: Hardcover, first limited edition "with over two hundred half-tone engravings from photographs of growing plants, and a chart in colors."
-Condition: Nearly mint, binding a bit fragile where front cover attaches but still together. Signed in front by Sidney F. Van Zandt.
-Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes Company
-Copyright: Frederick A. Stokes Company 1907
-Date published: 1907
-Provenance: Found in a small used bookshop in my hometown, Groton CT. This was around 2015 fall I think.
-Pricing: The book is priced this way because it is unavailable in any format that is not digitized, anywhere online. That's the simple fact -- it is beautiful, original, and if you find and own it you are lucky indeed!

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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