FLOWERS AND GARDENS OF JAPAN Painted by Ella Du Cane Described by Florence Du Cane

FLOWERS AND GARDENS OF JAPAN Painted by Ella Du Cane Described by Florence Du Cane

(London: Adam & Charles Black, 1908).

FIRST EDITION OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATED WORK ON THE GARDENS OF JAPAN. Ms. Du Cane's watercolours, rich with floral pinks and purples, were the perfect choice to capture these exotic gardens. Ella was an accomplished artist and her sister Florence a writer. After their father died in 1889 they decided that they would travel the world unchaperoned. They visited China, Japan, Egypt, the Canary Islands and Madeira.
A 1904 exhibition of her watercolours of Japan led to her being hired by A. & C. Black to provide illustrations for their "The Italian Lakes". Building on that work's success, Du Cane arranged with the Blacks to do this book on Japanese gardens, this time with the text being provided by her sister, Florence. Item #29812

First edition. With Ms. Du Cane's 50 wonderful paintings reproduced on fine colour plates. Large 8vo, in the publisher's original green cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in a Japanese garden motif in green on both the upper cover and spine, t.e.g. 249pp., 6 ads. pp. A quite pleasing copy of this elusive A. & C. Black illustrated title. The cloth still in pleasing condition with just light age evidence, the green and gilt decorations all very bright, the textblock clean, the plates all fine indeed.

Price: $225.00