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LAWRENCE, Anthony, and Beale, John
Nurseries, orchards, profitable gardens, and vineyards encouraged, the present obstructions removed.
London, printed for Henry Brome at the Gun in St. Pauls Church-Yard, 1677. FIRST EDITION. 4to. pp. [ii], 28. Roman letter, some Black. Title within box rule, floriated woodcut initial, small woodcut in text. Light age yellowing. A very good copy, crisp and clean, in modern tan pigskin over thin boards, covers bordered with a single blind rule, title and author blind stamped on upper cover, with blind fleuron above. Exceptionally rare first edition of these two most interesting letters addressed to Henry Oldenburg, secretary to the royal society, concerning the improvement of nurseries, gardens and orchards, including vines, in Britain. Lawrence, in the first letter states that Cambridge horticulturists should study the methods of other countries in order to improve their own production, remarking on the recent gains made in Oxfordshire as a result of Mr Austens books on horticulture, which he proceeds to list. He also remarks that the promotion of nurseries, one for each region, would be for the general good, and would promote wealth throughout the kingdom. The second letter, by John Beale, also concerns the use of fruit for making alcohols using sugar, but mostly concerns the planting of vines in England. It suggests that the best place to start to improve vines would be by importing them from the best wine growing areas in Europe, France, Germany and Italy. (It also refers to Spanish and wines from Smyrnia). Remarkably he also suggests looking at native vines grown in America.¬ďAnd since trade and navigation hath enlarged our Correspondence so far, we should send to the ot … [Click Below for Full Description]
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