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BRADLEY, Richard.

A Survey of the Ancient Husbandry and Gardening...

collected from Cato, Varro, Columella, Virgil, and others the most eminent writers among the Greeks and Romans: Wherein many of the most difficult Passages in those Authors are explain'd, and the whole render'd familiar to our Climate; with Variety of new Experiments. Adorn'd with Cuts. With a Preface, shewing the Use of Husbandry, and the Necessity of erecting Publick Gardens.

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Published: London Printed for B. Motte, 1725

Stock Code: 129001

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition of this survey of the gardening and farming of the ancients, derived from the classical writers. Richard Bradley (1688-1732), professor of botany at Cambridge, was one of the more eccentric characters in agricultural writing; "an indefatigable worker, venturing hazardous predictions, writing some fifteen or twenty volumes upon subjects connected with agriculture, foisting himself into the chair of Botany at Cambridge by noisy reclamation, selling his name to the booksellers for attachment to other people's wares, and, finally, only escaping the indignity of removal from his professor's chair by sudden death in 1732" (G. Mitchell, cited in Fussell, p. 107). Fussell writes that Bradley published this work to impress his Cambridge contemporaries, but, being completely ignorant of the classical languages, he must have commissioned an impecunious scholar to carry out the translation, and then put his own name on it.
Provenance: The Lawes Agricultural Library, with their neat stamps to endpapers and pencilled shelf mark to title page. The library was assembled in the early 20th century by Sir John Russell, director of the Rothamsted agricultural research institution in Hertfordshire, and ranked as one of the finest English collections of agricultural material.

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Octavo (193 x 114 mm). Contemporary sheep, spine with red morocco lettering label and later black morocco shelf mark both lettered in gilt, gilt floral motifs to compartments, double gilt fillet to covers.


With 2 engraved folding plates.


Wear at spine ends, lettering label chipped, joints cracked but holding, calf stripped in places, a few gatherings loosening, a little toned. A very good copy.


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