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An Oak Spring sylva; a Selection of the Rare Books on Trees in the Oak Spring Garden Library

Raphael, Sandra

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ISBN 10: 0300046529 / ISBN 13: 9780300046526
Published by Oak Spring Garden Library, Upperville, VA, 1989
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Title: An Oak Spring sylva; a Selection of the Rare...

Publisher: Oak Spring Garden Library, Upperville, VA

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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An Oak Spring Sylva is the first of a series of discursive catalogues describing selections of the rare books and other material in the Oak Spring Garden Library, a collection formed by Mrs. Paul Mellon. Each volume in the Oak Spring series will be a lovely and useful compendium for book collectors, librarians, and garden historians. This volume, which deals with books and manuscripts on trees, describes nearly fifty books, manuscripts, or drawings, from a tiny 1555 book on oaks to early nineteenth-century advice manuals on large-scale tree planting.

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Oak Spring Garden Library comprises Rachel Lambert Mellon's celebrated collection of rare books, manuscripts, works of art, and related artifacts concerning gardens, gardening, landscape design, horticulture, and botany. Conserved at Upperville, Virginia, in a striking library designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in consultation with Rachel Mellon, the collection is both a unique historical archive and a day-to-day working resource. Among Rachel Mellon's own contributions to the art of garden design are the Rose Garden and Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C. Her honors include the Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Royal Horticultural Society's Veitch Gold Medal, and the American Horticultural Society Landscape Design Award, and recently she has been recognized for her assistance during the restoration of the Potager du Roi at Versailles.

The cloth-bound catalogues that describe the holdings of the Oak Spring Garden Library are printed on acid-free paper and are designed, printed, and bound to the highest standards. Each volume is richly illustrated with duotone and color images.

An Oak Spring Sylva: A Selection of the Rare Books on Trees (1989)

An Oak Spring Pomona: A Selection of the Rare Books on Fruit (1990)

An Oak Spring Flora: Flower Illustration from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Time (1997)

An Oak Spring Hortus: Garden Design in the West since the Renaissance (forthcoming)

An Oak Spring Flora Mundi: Regional Floras and Travels (forthcoming)

An Oak Spring Herbaria: Herbs and Herbals in Western Culture (forthcoming)

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