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The Practical Fruit-Gardener. Being the newest and best method of raising, planting and pruning all sorts of fruit-trees, agreably to the experience and practice of the most eminent gardeners and nurserymen ... revised and recommended by the Reverend Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Bradley
London: printed for T. Woodward; and sold by D. Browne, 1752. Octavo. (7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches). Half title, 2pp. publisher's advertisements. 6 folding engraved plans of fruit or kitchen garden lay-outs. Contemporary speckled calf, covers bordered with a gilt rule and a dog-tooth roll, spine in six compartments with raised bands, the bands flanked by double gilt fillets, red morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, small expert repairs to spine A re-issue of the second expanded edition of this influential work by "one of the most outstanding authors on practical gardening during the first half of the eighteenth century" (Henrey). This work was first published in 1724, with 3 plates and a total of 368 pages. The second edition of 1731 was expanded to 408 pages and 6 plates. The present example is the 1752 re-issue of the 1731 second edition with a new half-title and title page. The author, Stephen Switzer, Sweetsur or Sweetzer, was born in Hampshire, and was initially a practical gardener who received his training at Brompton Park nursery under London and Wise and subsequently a garden designer who worked on the planning and layout of a number of famous gardens including Castle Howard, Lumley Castle, Nostell Priory, Cirencester Park and the Somerset home of the Earl of Orrery, to whom the present work is dedicated. Switzer was also the author of a number of influential books, besides the present work, covering many aspects of practical gardening, the first of which, The Nobleman, Gentleman, and Gardener's Recreation, appeared in 1715. Henrey III, 1415.
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