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SPEECHLY, William

A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine.

Exhibiting new and advantageous methods of propagating, cultivating, and training that plant, so as to render it abundantly fruitful. Together with new hints on the formation of vineyards in England.

York: printed for the author, by G. Peacock; and sold by G. Nicol; J. Debrett and J. Stockdale; and F. Jeffery, London, 1790 Stock Code: 120229
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A subscriber's copy

First edition. William Speechly (c.1740-1821) was gardener to the third Duke of Portland at his Welbeck Abbey estate in Nottinghamshire. Encouraged by the duke Speechly started writing down and publishing his knowledge and experience in gardening; in 1776 he had contributed to Alexander Hunter's edition of Evelyn's Silva, which was shortly followed by his own Treatise on the Culture of the Pineapple in 1779. In the present work he describes 50 species of grapes, and thoroughly examines hothouse culture, the construction and management of vineyards, pruning, irrigation, grafting, insect and blight control, etc.

With the ownership inscription at the head of the title of one of the original subscribers, John Richard Dashwood, High Sheriff of Norfolk, dated the year of publication. A later owner has added the date 24 April 1840 in pencil.

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Description

Quarto (252 x 198 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, titles gilt to orange label to spine.

Illustrations

With 5 engraved plates, 3 of which are folding.

Condition

Pencil inscription to head of title page, "April 24, 1840". Small cracks to head of front and rear joints, slight rubbing to extremities, a couple of small marks to boards; an excellent copy.

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