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The forest pruner; or, timber owner's assistant: being a treatise on the training or management of British timber trees; whether intended for use, ornament, or shelter: including an explanation of the causes of their general diseases and defects, with the means of prevention, and remedies where practicable:- also, an examination of the properties of English fir timber; with remarks in the defects of the old, and the outlines of a new system for the management of oak woods. With eight explanatory plates.

Pontey, William

Published by Huddersfield, 1805
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Scarce first editions, first printing from 1805, which contains the letter from Pontey to the Duke of Bedford, post title page. Fine etched frontispiece of the "Woburn Beech", two large folding plates etched and tinted in sepia, one double-page plate and one full-page plate etched and tinted in sepia, three full-page etched plates. 8vo. 277 pages, + 2. Bound in old-style mottled calf, the covers with gilt fillet and blind roll border. The spine divided into six panels, lettered in the second and fourth on a black label. Gold gilt leaves on spine along with gilt 1805. Plain end leaves, red sprinkled edges. A few age spots and light crackling to covers. Moderate bumping to the corners, but a very nice copy. William Pontey was from a prominent family of Yorkshire nurserymen. He was head gardener to the Grimston family at Kilnwick, near Beverley, and then established himself as "Planter and Forest Pruner to the Late and Present Duke of Bedford" at Woburn Abbey. Pontey was from a prominent family of Yorkshire nurserymen, living near Lepton in Kirkheaton. During the early 1780s he spent some time as head gardener to the Grimston family at Kilnwick, near Beverley. With the patronage of the sixth Duke of Bedford, he worked hard to encourage to improve the practices of replanting of trees and forest management on the English estates. Bookseller Inventory # 614025

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Title: The forest pruner; or, timber owner's ...

Publisher: Huddersfield

Publication Date: 1805

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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