(Edinburgh: Printed for the Author, 1778). 292 x 235 mm. (11 1/2 x 9 1/4"). 4, xlviii, 259,  pp.,  leaves. Second Edition.
Pleasant recent dark brown half calf, marbled boards, raised bands, spine panels with simple gilt floral ornament, red morocco label, borders of spine and corners decorated in blind, edges untrimmed. Henrey 478. Short repaired tear on title, another leaf with closed tear just extending into text (no loss), leaves with general faint browning and very minor foxing, other trivial defects, but still a rather fresh and attractive copy, with very comfortable margins, in an unworn sympathetic binding.
This work contains not only the best methods for cultivating trees, but also "plain directions for removing most of the valuable kinds of forest-trees, to the height of thirty feet and upwards," as well as for "transplanting hedges of sundry kinds, which will at once resist cattle," and for the "disposition, planting, and culture of hedges, by observing which, they will be handsomer and stronger fences in five years, than they now usually are in ten." In response to the practice of growing large numbers of trees on crowded plots for maximum profit, Boutcher, a nurseryman from Comely-Garden in Edinburgh, encouraged the growth of strong, healthy trees and a general scientific approach to arboriculture. Henrey says that this is the best 18th century work on its subject, and quotes H. L. Edlin as saying that it contains, even now, "much of interest and practical application in present-day forest nurseries." The book was first published in Edinburgh in 1775; ours is the second appearance of the text. (ST15557-24)
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