The Improvement of Orchards

A Designe for Plentie, by an Universall Planting of Fruit-Trees: Tendred by some Wel-wishers to the Publick.

4 p.l., 24 pp. Small 4to, attractive antique calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Printed for R. Wodenothe, [1652 or 53?]

First edition of this notable book on fruit culture, part of the growing movement during the Commonwealth towards the improvement of orchards. “The preface is by Samuel Hartlib who here states that the writer of the work was not known to him and that moreover he was unable to discover his name. However, it was said that he was ‘an aged minister of the Gospel’ of Loving-land near Yarmouth, who spent his leisure over a period of many years in the study of fruit culture. He wrote his treatise as the result of the knowledge he thus acquired but died before the work could be published. For himself, Hartlib claims nothing ‘but the contentment to be the publisher thereof’.”–Henrey, I, p. 169 & no. 167–“The British Museum’s copy in the Thomason collection bears the date Feb. 1652 [i.e., 1653] in Thomason’s hand on the title-page.”

Hartlib has furnished a Preface.

Fine copy.

❧ Fussell, I, p. 46.

Price: $3,500.00

Item ID: 6510

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