Days and Hours in a Garden. By E.V.B.
[ Fine Binding ]. Boyle, Eleanor Gordon Vere ].

London: Eliot Stock, 1892. Eighth edition. The first edition was published in 1884. Engraved frontispiece, headbands, and numerous engraved illustrations and vignettes. A few small chips to the crown of spine. Front joint newly reinforced. Light offsetting from frontispiece and some engravings. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown. An original wrapper, heavily browned, has been bound in. Inscribed by the author on recto of preliminary blank. In a crimson buckram clamshell slipcase with gilt-lettered red morocco spine label. A very good copy. Full, brown morocco ruled in gilt and stamped decoratively in blind in a floral design with a gilt lettered spine. Top edge gilt. Cloth floral-patterned endpapers. Octavo. xii, [2], 210, [1] pp. (Item ID: 16508)


Eleanor Vere Boyle (1825-1916) was an English author and artist of the Victorian Era. She is also considered the most important female illustrator of the 1860s. Given her social position, she rarely exhibited or sold her artwork, as it would have been considered declasse at the time; for this reason, she consistently used the pseudonym "E.V.B." Boyle was greatly interested in garden design and wrote several books on the subject, including Days and Hours in a Garden (1884), A Garden of Pleasure (1885), and Seven Gardens and a Palace (1900). In the preface to Days and Hours in a Garden, Boyle notes that it had been three years since the seventh edition of her work was published and, for the eighth edition, she describes how the garden has changed and how the animal that frequent it (mice, cats, birds) have fared through the course of the seasons. The preface also serves as a brief homage to her Collie, which had since passed away. The work itself tells "The Garden's Story," which includes some of its history, as experience by Boyle from October 1882 to September 1883.

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