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Two major works on horticulture

SPEECHLY, William.
A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine, exhibiting new and advantageous methods of Propagating, Cultivating, and Training that Plant, so as to render it abundantly fruitful. Together with new hints on the Formation of Vineyards in England.

With 2 full-page engraved views, and illustrations and figures of hothouse buildings and heating devices on 3 folding engraved plates.

With 2 full-page engraved views, and illustrations and figures of hothouse buildings and heating devices on 3 folding engraved plates.

With 2 full-page engraved views, and illustrations and figures of hothouse buildings and heating devices on 3 folding engraved plates.

With 2 full-page engraved views, and illustrations and figures of hothouse buildings and heating devices on 3 folding engraved plates.

With 2 full-page engraved views, and illustrations and figures of hothouse buildings and heating devices on 3 folding engraved plates.



York, Printed for the Author, 1790. 4to. Contemporary half morocco, spine ribbed and gilt. With 2 full-page engraved views, and illustrations and figures of hothouse buildings and heating devices on 3 folding engraved plates. (4), 224 pp.

With:
FORSYTH, William. A Treatise on the Culture and  Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described. To wich is added, a new and improved edition of "Observations on the diseases, defects, and injuries, in all kinds of fruit and forest trees", with an Account of a particular method of cure, published by Order of Government. London, Nichols and Son, 1802. With illustrations of trees, the pruning of trees, and pruning tools on 13 folding engraved plates. VIII, 371, (1) pp.

First editions of two major works in horticulture.

Ad 1: William Speechly (ca. 1740-1821), was gardener to William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, third Duke of  Portland, at his estate Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire.  Encouraged by the Duke he started writing down and publishing his knowledge and experience in gardening, and already in 1776 he contributed to Alexander Hunter's edition of Evelyn's "Silva". In the present work Speechly  describes 50 species of grapes, and discusses in depth hothouse culture, the construction and management of vineyards in open air, pruning, irrigation, grafting, insect and blight control, etc., herewith laying the  foundation of great improvements in English viticulture. The 2 views in the book show respectively a giant vine growing at the front of a house at Northallerton, and an English vineyard against a hill. Blanche Henrey III, 1376.
Ad 2: William Forsyth (1737-1804), was superintendent  of the Chelsea Gardens, and from 1784 of the Royal Gardens at Kensington and St. James. He was a Fellow of the Linnean and Antiquarian Societies, and one of the founders of the Horticultural Society of London. His works greatly contributed to the progress and success of hardy fruit growing.

Fine copy.- (Old owner's name on top of titles).
Cf. Hunt p. XXXVII; Pritzel 2985


Related Subjects: Botany  Gardens  Horticulture & Agriculture  Natural History 

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