The success of the first edition of this book and its subsequent reprint has demonstrated the demand and created the opportunity for a new, enlarged edition. A great deal of the new content directly reflects the interest expressed by the media in their requests for articles, radio and TV interviews following the original publication. Particular interest has been generated in garden tools and accessory items, terracotta wares, cast-iron containers, garden furniture and all manner of related novelties. Clearly there is an enthusiasm to know more about the everyday garden related items which are likely to have been made in the last hundred years or so.
Perhaps less accessible but certainly of current interest is the desire for "antique" garden structures. This is evident from the number of garden make-over programmes introducing the concept of incorporating pergolas, gazebos, arbours and summer houses.
The book will include over 100 new colour illustrations and additional black and white material including some further early advertisements from scarce magazines. Overall, nearly every section has been enlarged and/or improved. The new edition will have over 750 illustrations of which some 250 will be colour, making the book even more attractive.
As a collecting area it is in its infancy but contains all the ingredients a potential collector would choose. There is history, geography, economics, workmanship and engineering. There are makers" marks and trademarks, common, scarce and rare varieties. There are collecting areas within areas and satisfying, attractive objects of varying sizes in various materials. From wrought iron gates to marble urns and asparagus forks to cucumber straighteners, this book will fascinate with its wealth of detail and illustration making the reader aware of a lesser known but intriguing aspect of gardening history.
Alistair Morris is a director of Sotheby"s and for some twelve years was head of the Collectors" Department at Sotheby"s, Sussex, where he is now Managing Director.
A Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers, he has contributed to a number of books and publications on a wide variety of collectors" subjects, and is co-author with Gordon Gardiner of Metal Toys and Automobilia - 20th Century International Reference.
235 colour & 500 b/w illustrations