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    Evelyn's Pioneering Work on Tree Cultivation

    John Evelyn. Sylva, Or A Discourse Of Forest-Trees, And The Propagation of Timber in His Majesties Dominions. As it was Deliver'd in the Royal Society the xvth of October, MDCLXII... To which is annexed Pomona; Or, An Appendix concerning Fruit-Trees in relation to Cider; the Making, and severall wayes of Ordering it...Also Kalendarium Hortense; Or, The Gard'ners Almanac; Directing what he is to do Monthly throughout the year. All which several Treatises are in this Second Edition much Inlarged and Improved by John Evelyn Esq; Fellow of the Royal Society. London: Jo[hn] Martyn & Ja[mes] Allestry, 1670. Folio. pi a-l C D-Y Z (3+*Z1) 2A-2I 2K [A] B-I K 2A-2D 2E . [48], 44, 53-172, 171-247, [5], 67, [1], 33, [3] pages. Engraved arms on title five copper-plate engravings which are new to this work: including 1/2 page cut on F1v a machine for removing roots, large cut on L4v of a sap bucket, a full-page engraving of machinery for boring on 2A3r, engraving on 2C4r, 1/2 page cut on [2]Kv of cider press. Printer's devices, head-pieces, decorated initials. Contemporary sheep, rebacked, moderate wear, endpapers renewed, bookplate of "Johnstone" stamp of Bournemouth Library on the front free endpaper, signatures of previous owners on the title page and facing leaf; minor marginal soiling and foxing. Occasional stains, margins excised from k2, *Z2, & 2E1 affecting a few minor letters, a few minor edge tears and old notes. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "In 1652 Evelyn began to create the garden at Sayes Court, a project that signaled the beginning of his serious interest in botany and garden history. This led to his writing the Elysium Britannicum (BL, Add. MSS 78342Ð78344), an encyclopedic history of gardens and gardening practices that occupied him for most of his life... 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..." [Oxford DNB]. "The Pomona is a treatise on cider (and its virtues over wine and beer) , the cultivation of fruit-trees, and a compilation of writers on the virtue of the drink. The Kalendarium "is a plain statement of how the garden is to be tended and planted month by month, and, being based on experience, can be used today as profitably as it was when it was written," [Keynes.] Wing E3517. ESTC r586. Keynes, Evelyn, 41. Henrey 133. Neville I,432 (other eds.)

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    October, 2014
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