The Florist's Directory, or, A Treatise on the Culture of Flowers: To Which is Added a Supplementary Dissertation on Soils, Manures, &c.
London: Printed for the author and sold by B. White & Sons. . .G. G. J. & J. Robinson . . .and T. & J. Egerton. . ., 1792. Includes chapters on hyacinth, tulip, ranunculus, anemone, auricula, carnation, pink, and polyanthus. First ed.--Cf. Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. p. 812. Colophon: Printed by Stephen Couchman, Throgmorton-Street. At the foot of each plate: Published as the Act directs by Jas. Maddock, Walworth, 1st June 1792.
This first edition of a popular work on florist's flowers, contains
6 engraved plates at the end. According to the preface, Maddock wrote
this book "at the particular request of many respectable Florists, who
have sufered repeated losses, and have been discouraged in their favourite
pursuit of cultivating the finer flowers; as well as of others, who have
been deterred from
entering with spirit into this most rational and pleasing amusement, for want of a suitable guide, or director, to instruct them in the rudiments of the art." The finer flowers which the author discusses include the Hyacinth, the Tulip, the Ranunculus, the Anemone, the Auricula, the Carnation, the Pink, and the Polyanthus. Maddox begins with an introduction giving background information and definitions of botanical terms. This is followed by a section on each of the finer flowers. The next section is a supplementary dissertation on soils and manures. The work then concludes with 6 plates with explanations.