The Propagation and Botanical Arrangements of Plants and Trees, Useful and Ornamental, Proper for Cultivation in Every Department of Gardening; Nurseries, Plantations and Agriculture...
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London: J. Debrett, 1784. First edition (viii, 378), Volume I only (of two). Duodecimo in full contemporary leather, skillfully repaired hinges. Portrait of Abercrombie as frontispiece. This, the first volume of Abercrombie's book includes a discussion of propagation (seed, suckers, layering, cuttings, pipings, etc.) and botanical types (a capacious list of plants most suitable to one or another use). According to Fussell, John Abercrombie's (1726- 1806) works proliferated over sixteen titles, some of which appeared in numerous later editions (The Gardener's Pocket Journal and Annual Register, probably his last book, reached thirty-five editions by 1857), nearly a match for Arthur Young's industrious output. Abercrombie, as with many writers of that day and this, found it useful to resurrect, expand, and recast earlier work, and, in the result, it might be said with Weston that Abercrombie's titles are 'so verbose and so confusing' [This book's title runs on for three paragraphs beyond what I have given here] the reader can scarcely discover what is on offer. 'It is like a piece of the same sort of meat sent to the table dressed various ways' (quoted in Fussell, 142). Frontis offset onto title page, as is common; plain, everyday binding. Quite a good copy of a scarce book.
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