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COTTON, Charles (trans.)

The Planters Manual:

being Instructions for The Raising, Planting, and Cultivating all sorts of Fruit-Trees, whether Stone-fruits or Pepin-fruits, with their Natures and Seasons. Very useful for such as are Curious in Planting and Grafting.

London: Printed for Henry Brome, 1675 Stock Code: 145809

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First edition of Charles Cotton's translation of Robert Triquel's Instructions pour les Arbres Fruictiers, first published in Paris in 1653. The manual guides the gardener to growing orchard and garden fruit, Cotton's preface beseeching the English gentleman to furnish his gardens with such fruit trees, as is the French fashion.

The poet and translator Cotton is perhaps best remembered for his co-authorship with Isaak Walton of the expanded Compleat Angler. His "knowledge and love of his native countryside can be seen in ironic form in his epistles and burlesques, where the pose of a Restoration gentleman lends a certain detachment, or in more practical form in his translation of Triquet's gardening treatise The Planters Manual (1675)" (ODNB). It is worth noting that Cotton does not cite that his work is a translation, instead presenting it as his own expertise.

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Octavo (151 x 96 mm). Contemporary calf, rebacked with brown morocco, red morocco label.


Engraved title page.


Complete with two terminal advertisement leaves. From the Fox Pointe Manor Library without attribution; ownership signature of Charles Chadwick of Healey Hall, dated 1782, to title page verso and imprimatur page; neat underlining to pp. 138-139. Boards dried with light craquelure, small neat repairs to a margins of a few leaves slightly affecting pagination of p. 8, light toning to contents. A very good copy.


ESTC R18563; Henrey 42; Hunt 337; Janson p. 111; Wing C6388.


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