The Gardeners' Chronicle for 1841
The first 52 issues of the horticultural paper, including Charles Darwin's letter on Humble-Bees
Folio, half-leather with marbled boards, gilt titling and contrasting title label to spine. 35.5 × 25cm, vii , 856pp.
Full title: The Gardeners' Chronicle, A Stamped Newspaper of Rural Economy and General News; The Horticultural Part edited by Professor Lindley.
This is a rare bound copy of the first fifty two issues of The Gardeners' Chronicle, dating from No 1 (Saturday, 2 January 1841) to No 52 (Saturday, 25 December 1841), with each issue being about 25 pages and printed in triple columns. The Chroicle was founded in 1841 by the horticulturists Joseph Paxton, Charles Wentworth Dilke, John Lindley and the printer William Bradbury, with Lindley being the first editor. It was incredibly successful with an international readership, and also carried a large range of adverts to fuel the new interest in gardening, horticulture, botany and the voyages of discovery by the likes of Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker into the world's natural history.
As an extra point of interest for this copy, page 550 (Issue No 34, Saturday, 21 August 1841) carries a lengthy letter from Charles Darwin on the Humble-Bee, which begins "Perhaps some of your readers may like to hear a few more particulars about the humble-bees which bore holes in flowers, and thus extract the nectar. This operation has been performed on a large scale in the Zoological Gardens:- Near the refection-house there is a fine bed of Stachys coccinea, every flower in which has one, and sometimes two, small irregular slits, or orifices, on the upper side of the corolla near its base."
This copy is in very good condition for age. The leather spine is in good order with some repaired wear to the top of the rear joint. The corners are rubbed and some very small areas of loss to the marbled paper covering the boards. All 52 issues are in good condition, some tanning as could be reasonably expected but they remain very readable. There are a few areas of marginal loss: the bottom corners of p7/8, p115/116 have had the stamp neatly removed with loss of text, and there is marginal loss from the top edge of page 827/828 with a very little loss of text. The pages do show some wear (these were issues that were posted to the original owner) with a degree of folding and creasing but really they are a remarkable survivor, particularly as they are the very first issues.Sold