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HILL, J.
Eden: or. a Compleat Body of Gardening, Both in Knowledge and Practice; Directing the Gardener in His Work, for Every Distinct Week in the Year, in the Kitchen-Ground, Flower-Garden, and Nursery; and Shewing the Proprietor those Shrubs, Plants, and Flowers, which are Most Usually Cultivated in Gardens; or Most Worthy to be so; with the History, Description, and figure of Every Kind; and their Culture and Management. Illustrated with Figures of About Four Hundred of the Finest Shrubs, Flowers, and Plants
London: Printed for the Author, 1773. Second edition, "corrected and enlarged". Folio. (ii), iv, ii, 716 pp. Later tan half calf over early worn boards, gilt lettered green spine label, marbled endpapers, old inscriptions inked out to the verso of the front free endpaper, two old pieces of paper affixed adjacent to this, one of which is a newspaper cutting. Frontispiece with later, slightly naive, handcolouring plus 80 plates featuring fine contemporary handcolouring, plate 29 supplied from another copy with old colouring executed to a similarly high standard. Slight fading to the spine, plate 8 torn to the lower corner with slight loss to the text but not the illustration, occasional minor marking, generally a very good copy of a magnificent work. Henrey, volume II, p.95-98. First published in 1757 with sixty plates, this edition benefits from the inclusion of a further 20 plates. The book usually appears with the plates in black and white, coloured copies are much scarcer on the market.
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