Acceptable. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Good in Fair jacket. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. A magnificently illustrated guide for the novice and expert gardener. Some staining to pages, otherwise clean pages, with front hinge cracked. Dust jacket has 1/2" and 1" chipping, moderate soiling, and offset shadowing.
Very Good- No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Large, 319pp. compendium of flower selection and cultivation, with 108 b&w and 11 color photographs. Interior is clean and tight, except for few pages with foxing. Name on endpaper. Outer boards moderate rubbing and stains.
Good+ No Jacket. Hardcover. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Minor edge and corner wear, lightly scuffed and scratched, spine is faded, corners are lightly bumped and rubbed, some shelf wear, overall a clean used first edition! Green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. 319 very clean unmarked and uncreased informative and educational pages nicely enhanced by black and white illustrations and 103 black and white and color plates! "The limitation or merit of this book lies in the fact that its author is a man. It is written from the viewpoint of a man with the hope that in addition to interesting women, who form the bulk of our gardening public, it will also interest men in gardening. For owmen, gardening needs no bush. They enter upon it enthusiastically and pursue it graciously with ardor and intelligence..."---from the Foreword (Gardening as a Sport).
Good. No dust jacket. Brightly colored three-color decorated khaki boards with bright orange decor and two tones of green; but boards splitting at front hinge and starting to loosen at back. Includes illustrations. 11 illus. in color, 163 in doubletones, and 4 plans Interior tightly bound and the color illus. are still vivid, frontis protected by tissue, all pages clean and unmarked. Condition of hinge noted; otherwise a very good copy. Spine a bit swayed, page top cleany gilt, other page edges deckled. Corners sharp. At least one faint marginal pencil mark, so discreet as to almost escape attention. Overall a good copy of a very nice book.
Although over 80 years old, this well written book provides a great education to the gardener who wishes to understand how to grow better plants (much of the information can be easily used for vegetables). The early chapters on soil - preparing a bed, explaining the nutritional needs of plants, soil evaluation and improvement, composting, making your own (organic) fertilizer - are as good, if not better, than the garden books of today. Richardson Wright is a gentleman gardener meaning he has the hands on experience to teach and the education to be a delightful & intelligent read. One could enjoy reading his introduction proposing that gardening is the king of sports, and never sink a trowel in the ground. But his good humor and gentle encouragement are such that only the hardest of hearts will be uninspired to plant a garden. Two caveats: many of the cultivars suggested are no longer available and the herbicides and pesticides Mr. Wright recommends are quite dangerous have been surpassed by modern day petrochemicals.
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