HIBBERD, Shirley ~ The Amateur's Kitchen Garden. Frame-Ground and Forcing Pit. A Handy Guide to the Formation and Management of the Kitchen Garden and the Cultivation of Useful Vegetables and Fruits
London, W. H. & L. Collingridge, 1893
New Edition. 12mo [180 x 120 mm]; Pp. vi, 306,  Pub. Adverts. Colour Frontis. (Desert Tomatoes) and many wood engravings in text. Original green cloth with flower decoration to upper board and spine. Gilt lettering. Page edges green. Some rubbing along spine edges, corners and spine ends. Spine with a little crinkling and a 15mm tear to top spine edge. Inner hinge with cracked endpapers, but sound. A scribbled out signature to front pastedown, and the odd foxing spot throughout, otherwise a good clean sound copy.
Hibberd, (James) Shirley (1825-1890), journalist and writer on horticulture. He was the son of a retired sea captain who had served under Nelson. His earliest essays were on brambles, quickly followed by a practical gardening book. Sensing a market among the advice books and gardening manuals of the era, Hibberd followed up with the very successful Rustic Adornments (1856) and Garden Favourites (1858). In 1858 he became the first editor of the newly established magazine Floral World, which he managed until 1875 with considerable success. He was an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society, often exhibiting specimen plants from his own collection and judging others, and also wrote on seaweeds and aquarium plants. (ODNB)