London: Michael Joseph, 1946. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of the squeal of sorts to the author's The Land, winner of the Hawthornden Prize, with decorations by Broom Lynne. Demy 8vo (214 x 137mm): 135; pp. Publisher's russet cloth, titles in silver to spine, top edge red, decorative end papers; illustrated dust jacket priced 8/6. Signed by Sackville-West to half-title. About Fine, jacket just a shade sunned to spine panel, lightly scuffed to top of front fold. Also issued as a signed limited edition of 750 copies, but scarce as a signed trade edition, as here. Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme A.44a. Fine / Fine-. Item #BB2324
Like The Land, The Garden is divided into the four seasons. It is more personal and less sweeping than the earlier poem, and tries to sum up Sackville-West's horticultural aesthetic as displayed in the garden at Sissinghurst, with its linked sections "distinguished by predominant colour themes (such as the influential white garden), or by concentration on the flowers of a certain season, . . . [that] simultaneously evoke characteristic English and Kentish gardens while also assimilating more exotic Mediterranean touches." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).