Title continues: "Containing the Best and Newest Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit, and Flower Garden, and Nursery; Of Performing the Practical Parts of Agriculture; Of Managing Vineyards, and Of Propagating All Sorts of Timber Trees. By the Late Philip Miller, F.R.S. Gardener to the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries at Their Botanic Garden in Chelsea, and member of the Botanic Academy at Florence. To which are now first added, A Complete Enumeration and Description of All Plants Hitherto Known, With Their Generic and Specific Characters, Places of Growth, Times of Flowering, and Uses Both Medicinal and Economical. The Whole Corrected and Newly Arranged, With the Addition of All the Modern Improvements in Landscape Gardening, and in the Culture of Trees, Plants, and Fruits, Particularly in the Various Kinds of Hot Houses and Forcing Frames: With Plates Explanatory Both of Them, and the Principles of Botany." Philip Miller (1691-1771), a commercial florist at St. George's Fields and gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden, first published this volume in 1731. First known as The Gardener's Dictionary, the book ran through eight editions, each one recording new plants and making the author famous in European botanical circles. Thomas Martyn (1735-1825), Professor of Botany at Cambridge, laid out that that school's famous botanical garden with the assistance of Miller. One of the great works on the subject ever produced in English, this set is considered the starting point for the nomenclature of cultivated plants. Dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), English Botanist responsible for Kew Gardens. Scarce, especially in this condition.
Publisher: F. and C. Rivington et al
Date Published: Publication dates 1797 & 1807. Plates dated 1795-1807
Place Published: London
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 2 volumes in 4 books. Vol. I, Part I: clxviii, x, , [15 plates], Unpaginated, ABR-CHE. Vol. I, Part II: Unpaginated. CHE-IXO. Vol. II, Part I: Unpaginated. KAE-PYR. Vol. II, Part II: Unpaginated. PYR-ZYG. 42 cm. 19 plates altogether. Vol. I, Part I has 15 plates: first 8 plates are titled Roots, Simple Leaves, Compound Leaves, Flower, Pericarp or Fruit, Fruit Seed Receptacle, Linneus's Classes, Linneus's Orders. 7 plates of Linnaean Classes following. Vol. I, Part II has 2 Greenhouse plates and 1 Ice House plate. Vol. II, Part II has one plate of a Stove. Full diced calf with gilt trim and blank tooling. Marbled endpapers and text block edges. Hinges and corners repaired. A few scuffs. Some foxing in first book, mainly to AND pages. Faint stains on a page in CAR. Pages CAR onwards darkened. Some pages darkened in other volumes. Tear in Ice House plate at bottom. Dark mark in margin of VER section.