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    John Evelyn. Silva: Or, A Discourse Of Forest-Trees, And he Propagation of Timber in his Majesty's Dominions... Together With Account of the Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves... A New Edition. To which is added the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth. York: A. Ward for J. Dodsley, T. Cadell, J. Robson and R. Baldwin, 1786. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. 4to. 2 vols. [a]-f4,A-2R4,2S1;¹1,A-2X4, 2Y1,A-I4,K4 [-K2 as issued]. [46],311,[9];[2],343,[11];74,[4]p. Contemp. tree-calf, rebacked with old (19th c.) gilt spine laid-on (partly defective); marbled endpapers armorial bookplates of Henry Howard (1833-1898) 18th Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire; extensive notes on plantings on the Grandchild Plantation from 1806 to 1898 in several hands on the endsheets at the front (3p.) of the first volume and at the end of he second (1p); some foxing (esp. port.), some offsetting from plates; two of the folding tables have old repairs on blank verso; small piece torn from blank margin of plate facing p276 in vol.1; Port. by Bartolozzi; 42 (one folding) engravings by Johann Sebastian Muller & 1 tinted plate by J. Halfpenny, 3 folding tables. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "Evelyn's pioneering work on tree cultivation (Sylva, 1664) and on soils (A Philosophical Discourse of Earth, 1676; in later editions entitled Terra: a philosophical discourse) were both outgrowths of the Elysium Britannicum. Although primarily intended to encourage tree planting after the devastation of the civil war, Sylva was a learned work addressed more to gentlemen than to foresters. In it he introduced the word 'avenues' into the English language of landscaping. By its fourth edition it contained 'an Historical Account of the Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves' that demonstrates its relation to the Elysium project. Sylva's handsome reissue with additional plates by Alexander Hunter (1729?-1809) in 1776 gave it a renewed popularity." [ODNB]

    "Hunter's edition of Sylva (spelt Silva), a handsome quarto volume with extensive notes to bring it up to date and illustrated with a number of whole-page engravings... The excellence of these figures resulted in their being used to illustrate later works on sivi-culture, even up to the present day." [Henrey]


    ESTC t146245. Henrey 138.Nissen, BBI, 615. Holden 567.

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