Silva: or, a Discourse of Forest-Trees, and the Propagation of Timber in his Majesty’s Dominions: as it was delivered in the Royal Society on the 15th Day of October, 1662…together with an Historical Account of the Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves. With Notes by A. Hunter, M.D. F.R.S. A New Edition. To which is added the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth. John EVELYN.
Silva: or, a Discourse of Forest-Trees, and the Propagation of Timber in his Majesty’s Dominions: as it was delivered in the Royal Society on the 15th Day of October, 1662…together with an Historical Account of the Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves. With Notes by A. Hunter, M.D. F.R.S. A New Edition. To which is added the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth.

A Fine Thick Paper Set in Contemporary Green Straight-Grain Morocco

Silva: or, a Discourse of Forest-Trees, and the Propagation of Timber in his Majesty’s Dominions: as it was delivered in the Royal Society on the 15th Day of October, 1662…together with an Historical Account of the Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves. With Notes by A. Hunter, M.D. F.R.S. A New Edition. To which is added the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth.

Finely engraved frontis. port. of Evelyn by Bartolozzi, 42 engraved plates, & three folding printed tables. 23 p.l., 311, [9] pp.; 1 p.l., 343, [9], 74, [4], pp. Two vols. Large 4to, cont. straight-grained green morocco, covers with a Greek key gilt border round sides, flat spines finely gilt, a.e.g. York: A. Ward for J. Dodsley et al., 1786.

A wonderful large and thick paper set in contemporary straight-grained green morocco of the best 18th-century edition of this highly influential book, the first important book published in England on forest trees; “it contains an enormous amount of information concerning the cultivation of the various kinds of forest trees, and the uses of their timber, together with facts and anecdotes obtained from books, both classical and contemporary. The work was a success from the start. Its publication gave a great stimulus to planting in Britain…No other work on arboriculture exerted a greater influence on forestry in this country than Evelyn’s Sylva…

“Hunter’s edition of Sylva [is] a handsome quarto volume with extensive notes to bring it up to date and illustrated with a number of whole-page engravings. The numerous whole-page illustrations depicting the foliage, flower, and fruit of the trees described are drawn and engraved by John Miller, otherwise Johann Sebastian Mueller, the noted eighteenth-century botanical draughtsman and engraver. The excellence of these figures resulted in their being used to illustrate later works on silviculture, even up to the present day.”–Henrey, I, pp. 107-11.

This edition is the first to contain Evelyn’s Terra (originally published as A Philosophical Discourse of Earth, 1676). It is Evelyn’s notable contribution to horticulture.

Hunter (1729-1809), a physician at York, issued this edition to draw attention to the vast quantities of timber being felled for the Navy and for civilian needs.

Fine and handsome thick paper copy. This edition of Sylva was typically bound in one volume; thick paper copies are easily identifiable because they were issued in two volumes, each with its own title-page. Occasional minor foxing. Armorial bookplate of H.B. Pyne.

❧ Henrey, Bibliography, 138. Raphael, An Oak Spring Silva, 33–“Hunter’s [1786] version of Silva added extensive notes, and virtually doubled the size of Evelyn’s text.”.

Price: $3,500.00

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