8vo, 13 plates (10 folding), a few wood-engravings in text, [xvi], 608, pp, 20th century brown half calf over marbled paper covered boards, the spine with raised bands gilt lettering, all edges untrimmed. Lacks frontispiece; half of two folding plates missing, 1 repaired with tissue but damage and loss to margins, others misfolded; ink note in early hand margins pp197, 296, 548-549; a few pencil doodles in margins; some occasional spotting. [Henrey 504]. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: New Improvements of Planting and Gardening, ...
Verlag: London; A Bettesworth and C Hitch J & J Pemberton et al 7th edition with an appendix treating of several matters omitted in former Impressions
Buchbeschreibung London: printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch. J. and J. Pemberton. J. and P. Knapton. and D. Brown, 1739. 8vo, pp. [xvi], 608,  index; with a frontispiece and 13 plates, of which 10 are folding (and three of those torn, but without loss); a few MS corrections in text; else a good solid copy, nicely bound in contemporary calf, spine a bit rubbed, but very sound. Early ownership inscription of B. Bradley, Alton, and modern bookplate of Sir John Wormald, KBE. Seventh edition, first published in 1717 as a relatively modest publication, but almost immediately republished with the addition of the Gentleman and Gardener's Kalendar. The implication that this edition is newly expanded seems to be entirely false: the fifth, sixth and seventh editions are pretty much the same. Richard Bradley (1688?-1732) was the first Professor of Botany at Cambridge, and well-reputed and much consulted in his own time, but he was something of an overreacher, always promising more than he could perform. This was perhaps his most successful book. Henrey 504. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 21818
Buchbeschreibung London: for J. and J. Knapton in St. Paul's Church-Yard, A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch in Pater-noster Row, J. Pemberton in Fleet-Street, and D. Browne without Temple-Bar., 1731. Sixth edition, 8vo, 4.5 x 8 inches approx., [xvi] + 608 pp. +  index with copper-engraved frontis and 13 copper-engraved plates. New Improvements Parts II and III, the section on Herefordshire Orchards and the Appendix have separate title pages, all dated 1730 apart from the appendix, which is dated 1731. On the blank verso of the last leaf in a neat contemporary hand are two paragraphs, hints for the cultivation of Pompious and Tobacco respectively. Bound in the original full-calf with ruled and panelled boards, spine rebacked and in compartments with raised bands and gilt title and date. Three plates repaired or reinforced with archival tape otherwise a very good copy. Richard Bradley was a Fellow of the Royal Society, having been elected at the age of 26. He was a prolific writer, and is acknowledged for his Historia Plantarum Succulentarum (1716-27) and New Improvements of Planting and Gardening (1717-18), one of the first works on horticulture. No reference can be found for Pompious as a plant but Pompions (later Pumpkins) are a variety of squash or gourd and one can well imagine the typesetter placing an 'n' upside-down in error. NATURAL HISTORY/SCIENCE GARDENING ENGLISH 18TH CENTURY HORTICULTURE HISTORY- NON-FICTION NATURAL HISTORY/SCIENCE. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 20253