The Forest Pruner; or, Timber Owner’s Assistant: 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 on the Old and Outlines of a New System for the Management of Oak Woods…

Eight engraved plates (three folding, four are colored). xii, [9]- 277 pp., [3] pp. of ads, 36-page catalogue of Harding publications. 8vo, cont. half-calf & marbled boards (minor foxing), flat spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. London: J. Harding, 1810.

“The Third Edition.” Pontey (fl. 1780-1831), was a member of a Yorkshire family of nurserymen. During the early 1780s he spent some time as head gardener to the Grimston family at Kilnwick, near Beverley. He later served as “Planter and Forest Pruner” to the Dukes of Bedford.

This was one of the most important British books on forestry of the period. The colored plates, showing cross-sections of wood, are most attractive.

Fine copy.

❧ See Raphael, An Oak Spring Sylva, pp. 126-29.

Price: $550.00

Item ID: 6653

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