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(COBBETT, William, intro.) FORSYTH, William.

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; as also, an Account of a particular Method of Cure, made public by order of the British Government... To which are added, an Introduction and Notes, adapting the rules of the treatise to the Climates and Seasons of the United States of America. By William Cobbett.

Published: Albany: Printed for and Sold by D. & S. Whiting... sold also by [6 others in Boston, New York, Troy, Utica, Oxford & Canandaicua]. 1803

Stock code: 95457

Price: £375

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First Albany edition, the second American edition, following that of Philadelphia (1802); this Albany printing adds an 8-page letter addressed to the publishers by a Peter W. Yates in which he discusses his own practical experiences in cultivating fruit trees. “Cobbett added an introduction and notes, intended for the American reader, to the Philadelphia edition of this popular Treatise by William Forsyth (1737-1804), a superintendant of the Royal Gardens. It was Cobbett’s first effort to provide advice for agriculturalists, a labour he frequently undertook in later years” (Pearl). An appealingly unsophisticated copy.

Octavo in half-sheets (205 121 mm). Contemporary marbled sheep, gilt banded spine, pale brown label. 13 folding copperplates. Contemporary ownership inscription of Carlos M. De Forest at head of title and lettered in gilt at foot of spine. A few scrapes to binding, boards slightly splayed, head of title and a few gatherings dampstained, some browning, prelims misbound.

Bibliography: Pearl, Cobbett, 54; Sabin 25155.

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