WALPOLE, E.H. Mount Usher 1868-1928. A Short History compiled by E.H. Walpole

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Mount Usher WicklowWALPOLE, E.H. Mount Usher 1868-1928. A Short History compiled by E.H. Walpole. Illustrated with mono and coloured plates, plans and maps. 137 [Dublin]: Temple Press, 1928. Quarto. pp. 58, [58 (plates)]. Quarter linen on original grey papered boards, title in gilt and black on upper cover; illustration of Mount Usher inset on upper cover. Previous owner's signature on front free endpaper. A very good copy.

Mount Usher is a famous William Robinson garden, built up over many generations by the Walpole family, whose great enthusiasm made Mount Usher one of the greatest of all Irish gardens, comprising over 4,000 different species of plants. In 'Irish Gardens' Edward Hyams wrote this perfect summary of the qualities of the gardens: I consider the garden of Mount Usher Mill to be the most perfect example of the romantic, paradise, Robinsonian garden ... it is entirely successful in combining plantsmanship in which such gardens excel ... which idealises to perfection a possible natural world.

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