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Rural Recreations; or the Gardener's Instructor - SOCIETY OF PRACTICAL GARDENERS - 1806. 
Printed for Vernor, Hood and Sharpe, London 1806 - (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches). 17 engraved plates (6 folding). Uncut. Publisher's printed blue paper boards. Housed within a modern green cloth box, morocco lettering piece. First combined edition. The two volumes here were first issued separately in 1802, this being the first combined edition with cancel titles. The first work is organized monthly with suggestions for kitchen, flower and fruit gardens, and includes an additional treatise on the management of bees as well as a catalogue of trees and shrubs. The first part of the second volume is similar in format, but is focussed more generally on the farm; the second part of the second volume includes its own title, which identifies the author of the Linnaean explanation as the work of a Dr. R. Hall. The plates include designs for fruit-specific hot-houses. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
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