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Silva: or, A Discourse of Forest-Trees, and - EVELYN, John - 1776. [1201226]
- With Notes by A. Hunter. Engraved frontis. port. of Evelyn by Bartolozzi, 40 finely engraved plates (one of which is folding), & one large folding printed table. 28 p.l., 298 pp.; 1 p.l., 299-649, [9] pp. Two vols. Large 4to, fine cont. polished calf, spines gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. York: A. Ward et al., 1776. First Hunter edition of this highly influential book, the first important book published in England on forest trees. This is the very fine Colquhoun of Luss set printed on thick paper and bound in two volumes. This book "contains an enormous amount of information concerning the cultivation of the various kinds of forest trees, and the uses of their timber, together with facts and anecdotes obtained from books, both classical and contemporary. The work was a success from the start. Its publication gave a great stimulus to planting in Britain "Hunter’s edition of Sylva, a handsome quarto volume with extensive notes to bring it up to date and illustrated with a number of whole-page engravings, was published by private subscription The numerous whole-page illustrations depicting the foliage, flower, and fruit of the trees described are drawn and engraved by John Miller, otherwise Johann Sebastian Mueller, the noted eighteenth-century botanical draughtsman and engraver. The excellence of these figures resulted in their being used to illustrate later works on silviculture, even up to the present day."–Henrey, I, pp. 107-111. Hunter (1729-1809), a physician at York, issued this edition to draw attention to the vast quantities of timber being felled for the Navy and for civilian needs. The very fine and handsome Sir James Colquhoun of Luss copy with armorial bookplate in each volume. This edition of Sylva was typically bound in one volume; thick paper copies are easily identifiable because they were issued in two volumes, each with its own title-page. ? Henrey, Bibliography, 137. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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