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AUSTEN, Ralph (d. 1676)
A Treatise of Fruit-Trees, Shewing the manner of Grafting, Setting, Pruning, and Ordering of them in all respects
[L. Lichfield] for Thomas Robinson, Oxford 1653 - Engraved title, engraved by J Goddard. [26, including title], 97, [1, blank]; [12], 41, [1, blank]pp (with errors in pagination as issued). Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, second part with separate title within typographical border. Contemporary calf, covers ruled in blind. Provenance: Cornelius J. Hauck (bookplate) First edition of a noted early English work on fruit trees. This work "contains much useful information on the planting and care of trees. Of particular interest is a section headed 'Errors Discovered.' Here the author exposes a number of the old superstitions to be found in garden literature and also draws attention to some errors practied by gardeners" (Henrey). Austen first came to Oxford in about 1646; by 1659, he had built a house, orchard and cider factory between Queen Street and Shoe Lane in downtown Oxford. By the time of his death in 1676, Austen owned several properties in Oxford dedicated to his nurseries and orchards. He became a reader at the Bodeleian Library and although he spent considerable time researching on botanical subjects, his writings all bear evidence of extensive experimentation. Austen would become known especially for his skills at grafting and cider making. ESTC R12161; Henrey 5; Wing A-4238. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)
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