A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit -Trees; in which a New Method of Pruning and Training Is Fully Described. Together with Observations on the Diseases, Defects and Injuries, in All Kinds of Fruit and Forest Trees.
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[London, 1803. Third edition] (xxx, 520, index). Twelve full-page fold-outs and one damaged plate (#13) illustrating pruning patterns in a variety of fruit trees, etc. Octavo in three-quarter calf over pebbled cloth, red morocco title label, gilt decoration to spine. Fussell says, 'Forsyth, who had been a pupil of Philip Miller, had a distinguished career as a gardener, becoming Royal Gardener at Kensington and St. James in 1784. At Kensington he found the fruit-trees in an old worn-out state and began a system of renovation by heading down and renewing the soil...and received a Parliamentary reward for discovering the ingredients of a composition...with which he covered the wounds' (More Old English Farming Books, 150). This copy missing probably four pages of prelims (apparently removed) including usual frontis portrait of Forsyth , half-title and title page and pp. vii, viii of address To the King (which may not have been bound in). Folding plates are generally grubby and several have been crudely repaired, although without loss. The text of what is probably the third edition is, however, intact and the binding is attractive and sound.
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