Wonderful Garden


Author: E. Nesbit

Illustrator: H.R. Millar

NESBIT, E[dith]. The Wonderful Garden. With Illustrations by H.R. Millar. London: Macmillan, 1911. 8vo, xiv 402pp + [2] advts. Red cloth pictorially stamped in gilt; t.e.g. 26 b&w plates. Lower front corner bumped, spine ends lightly rubbed, spine slightly sunned, light foxing to endpapers, else a surprisingly clean, tight copy.

First edition. Caroline, Charlotte and Charles are staying with their Great Uncle Charles while their parents are away in India. They discover a book called The Language of Flowers and try various magical spells from the book. Whether the spells work or whether what happens can be put down to coincidence is left to the reader to decide. The inspiration for Edward Eager’s Magic or Not and The Well Wishers.