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EVELYN, John [1620-1706].

Published by York: Printed by A.Ward for J.Dodsley, T.Cadell., 1776. (1776)

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About this Item: York: Printed by A.Ward for J.Dodsley, T.Cadell., 1776., 1776. 4to. pp. 27 p.l. (incl. list of subscribers), 649, [9]index. engraved frontis. portrait of Evelyn by Bartolozzi, 40 engraved plates (1 folding), most drawn & engraved by John Miller (Johann Sebastian Müller). folding table. contemporary calf, rebacked preserving spine label, corners renewed (some offsetting from plates, scattered foxing & light browning). printed subscription receipt signed by Hunter tipped in. First Hunter Edition. Originally published in 1664, Evelyn's Sylva was "the first important book to be published in [Britain] on forest trees.no other work on arboriculture exerted a greater influence on forestry in this country.and certainly no other book on the subject was so often quoted." (Henrey, pp. 101, 108). This 1776 edition, prepared by Dr. Alexander Hunter [1729-1809] of York, virtually doubled the size of the original text, adding extensive annotations, practical instructions, and references to the best eighteenth century authorities, including Linnaeus, Philip Miller, Duhamel du Monceau, Buffon, and Pehr Kalm. There is an excellent account by William Speechly, gardener to the Duke of Portland, describing the method of forming plantations used at Welbeck. According to Hunter the text had been collated with all five of the previous editions and corrected with the help of "some Original Manuscripts". Also notable in this edition are the thirty-six fine plates showing foliage, flowers, and fruits of various types of trees, drawn and engraved by John Miller (Johann Sebastian Müller). Other plates include a 'Winter View of the Cawthorpe Oak', near Wetherby, Yorkshire, engraved by Miller after a drawing by William Burgh, and two views of the famous Greendale Oak at the Duke of Portland's estate engraved by Thomas Vivares and A.Rooker after drawings made in 1775 by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm. Henrey 137. Keynes 47 (calling for portrait & 39 plates) & 98. Pritzel 2766. cfRaphael, An Oak Spring Sylva, 33 (1786 edns.). Seller Inventory # elala133

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Silva [Sylva]: or, a discourse of forest-trees,: EVELYN, John (1620-1707)

About this Item: Printed by A. Ward for J. Dodsley; T. Cadell; J. Robson; and T. Durham, London. W. Creech and J. Balfour, Edinburgh [through 1787], York, 1776. Condition: Fine. First Edition thus. First Hunter Edition (sixth overall, first published 1664), virtually doubling the size of the original text, with the scarce 10pp advertisement (ESTC locates only one other such copy, at the Bodleian). Two works bound in one: 4to: [54],649,[11], with an engraved portrait frontispiece of Evelyn by F. Bartolozzi, 40 copper-engraved plates by Johann Sebastian Muller (including one folding, "A Winter View of the Canthorpe Oak") of detailed drawings of foliage, flowers and fruits, and a folding table; and [8],74,[4],[10]pp advertisement, with one folding table and one aquatint with tissue guard intact. Beautifully bound in full russia calf, very skillfully recornered and rebacked with original back strip laid on; gilt title to spine; gilt borders to covers, edges and inner edges; marbled end papers and silk page marker. Very slightly rubbed, light browning and offsetting to pages, but overall quite bright and fresh, the plates in deep, rich impressions. Provenance: John Peachey's eighteenth-century engraved armorial bookplate to front paste down (a search of other titles bearing Paechey's plate reveals a preference for russia calf, so he may have had the book bound). Label of Newselles Library, possibly that of the Earls of Scales. Book ticket of Henry Sotheran, Booksellers. Henrey 137. Keynes 47. Gibson's Library, p. 122. Nissen BBI 615. ESTC Citation Nos. T123233 and T147758. Bibliotheca Bibliographici 2057. In 1652, Evelyn set about to create the garden at Sayes Court (the 200-acre Deptford estate his father-in-law held from the crown), a project that signaled the start of a serious interest in garden design. This led to his writing the Elysium Britannicum, an encyclopedic history of gardens and gardening practices that occupied him for most of his life. His pioneering works on tree cultivation (Silva, 1664) and on soils (A Philosophical Discourse of Earth, 1676; in later editions entitled Terra: a philosophical discourse) were both outgrowths of Elysium Britannicum. Although primarily intended to encourage tree planting after the devastation of the civil war, Silva was also a learned account of the growth and uses of native trees interpolated by an edited collection of material sent in by Fellows of the Royal Society from different parts of the country (indeed, Silva was the first book to carry the Society's imprimatur). By its fourth edition it also contained 'an Historical Account of the Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves.' Silva's handsome reissue in 1776, with additional plates and with "learned and extensive" (Keynes) annotations, practical instructions, and references to the best eighteenth century authorities by Alexander Hunter, gave it renewed popularity. Seller Inventory # BB0591

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