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Paradise Retriev'd

Plainly and Fully Demonstrating The Most Beautiful Durable and Beneficial Method

Of Managing Fruit-Trees Against Walls and Hedges

Contrary to Mr Lawrence and Others Upon Gardening

Together With a Treatise on Mellons and Cucumbers

By Samuel Collins

1717 - London - For John Collins, Seedman... and Sold by Him and R Burleigh

8.5" by 6"; v, [8], 6- 106pp

 
 


 

DETAILS

A fascinating eighteenth century work on the managing of fruit-trees.

The first edition of this particular work.

With two folding plates in addition to numerous head pieces, tail pieces and decorative letters.

Collated: Plate to page 60 is a facsimile as is the final leaf (pages 105-106). Otherwise, this work is complete. 

The title page states that this work is contrary to the views of 'Mr Lawrence and Others Upon Gardening'. It is very possible that the writing Collins is contrasting is Rev John Lawrence's The Clergy-Man's Recreation: Shewing the pleasure and profit of the Art of gardening from 1714. To the preface Collins notes that this publication was inspired by his reading of Lawrence's book and his disagreement with it. 

This work discusses border plants against walls, the choices of wall-trees, seasons for wall-fruit-trees, the planting, the seasonal pruning and more. Specific fruit trees include cherries, plums, pears, quinces and figs. 

There are also writings on pest-control such as preventing earwigs from damaging fruits.

     The growing of fruit trees in Britain dates back to ancient times due to their food producing qualities. For centuries fruit plants were regarded as ornamental and essential. This work provides a fascinating insight into what would become the popular walled gardens of the 18th century.  

A very scarce and important work, we know of only one sold in the last ten years.

CONDITION

In a quarter calf binding with paper covered boards. This work has been rebound from original binding. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Title page is slightly age toned, with several chips to edges. Inscriptions to the title page of prior owner and the date of publication. Minor chips to the extremities of pages. Repair to page 103/104 at gutter, leaf has been re-pasted to another leaf in order to keep it bound in. The occasional spots to text. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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