London: W. Griffin, 1767. John Abercrombie (actual author). 1st ed., 12mo., pp. (iv), (1)-84, 73-412, 415-422, (ii, adverts), [pagination as in most first edition copies], pages tanned with some markings and light staining, corners a little dog eared, some creasing, chipping, contemporary annotations in ink to margins of few pages. Fine binding by Cottage Bindery in full 'Baskerville' style leather binding, ornate double line gilt ruled borders with floral corner pieces, gilt spine, raised bands, fine gilt tooling within the compartments and gilt title to leather spine label. A good copy of this rare first edition in a handsome binding.
The first edition of 1767. A popular gardening text of the 18th century with chapters divided into months of the year. Thomas Mawe, 'the gardener to the Duke of Leeds', was not the author. John Abercrombie, who was the author, was a Scottish horticulturist and one of the most prolific gardening writers of the period. Abercrombie's name did not appear as author until the 7th edition of 1776. Item #95488
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