Art out-of-doors : hints on good taste in gardening

Various artists/makers

Not on view

"Unsigned Margaret Armstrong binding design of a rose standard crossed with a shrub standard intertwined with a ribbon banner that reads in french: ce qua nos jardins sont les fleurs - les arts le sont a la vie -- "What flowers are to our gardens, the arts are to life", the motto of Abbe Jean-Claude-Richard de Saint Non; at the point where the two standards cross, a compass and a pair of garden shears are interwoven with a circle, the base form for most formal flower gardens. Spine has title and a repeat of the compass/shears motif in gold. An explanation of the essential principles of landscape gardening so that readers from all walks of life may admire the beauty of a well-designed formal garden. A simple and effective Armstrong design where the roots of each standard form a circular counterbalance to the flowering leafed end, and the tools used in garden planning -- shears, compass and circle -- link the design and provide a central balance for the corners of the design." -- Austin Abbey Rare Books.

Photographs of binding from Watson Library Digital Collections

Art out-of-doors : hints on good taste in gardening, Margaret Neilson Armstrong (American, New York 1867–1944 New York)

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