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A Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening: Comprehending All the Modern Improvements in the Art; Whether in the Raising of the Various Esculent Vegetables, or in the Forcing and Managing of different Sorts of Fruits and Plants, and That of Laying Out, Ornamenting, and Planting Gardens and Pleasure Grounds: With Correct Engravings . . . (Two Volumes)

McDonald, Alexander [Pseudonym for R. W. Dickson]. Original Drawings by Sydenham Edwards. Engraved by F. Sansom

Published by George Kearsley, London, 1807
Condition: Very Good Plus
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4to. 27 by 21 cm. Curiously unpaginated (the gatherings are paginated). 74 engraved plates, 61 of which are brilliantly hand-colored. The plates, generally featuring two plates each, are among the most handsome of the early nineteenth century botanical books. The plates are watermarked 1805 and 1806 mostly. Armorial bookplates of Thomas Charles Pleydell Calley of Burderop Park in Wiltshire. The dark green calf is set off with a very large decorative onlay that has a reddish brown cross weave diaper pattern, surrounded by a decorative band of gilt. Restoration of the joints and the spine. Moderate wear to binding does little to diminish its handsomeness. The color plates are very bright and fresh. Bookseller Inventory # 003985

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Title: A Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening...

Publisher: George Kearsley, London

Publication Date: 1807

Binding: Full Calf

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Edition: First Edition.

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