London: W. Mears, 1724. Contemporary calf. 4th Edition. 8vo (18.2 x 11.6 cm). Contemporary paneled calf with some wear; raised bands on later spine; gilt label; small patches to lower cover repaired; two ink spots on fore edge of text block; edges speckled red. Collation: [xvi], 63, , [viii], -435, [1-Bl], [ii], -104, [ii], 36, [7-Index], [1-Corrigenda], [2-Addenda], [1-Errata], 5-Cat.] pp. +11 copper engraved plates., 8 folding. Text has light browning at head.
The organization of this series of tracts has continuous pagination with separate title pages printed in red and black. There is a fourth part, The Gentleman and Gardener’s Kalendar where it is noted on the title page that this tract includes several “Acts of Parliament to encourage the Planting of Timber-trees, Fruit-Trees and other Trees for Ornament, Shelter or profit…” The last tract of this publication contains for the first time a copy of John Beale’s Herefordshire-Orchards A Pattern for all England. Written in and Epistolary Address to Samuel Hatlib, Esq. “John Beale was a clergyman and writer on agriculture and natural philosophy. Beale began a weekly correspondence with Samuel Hartlib in 1656, two of his early letters being published as Herefordshire Orchards, a Pattern for All England (1657). (Nichols, Lit. anecdotes, 1.447).”(ODNB). Very good. Item #0000801
Provenance: Engraved bookplate of Patrick Hume Earl of Marchmont on front paste down. He was a politician born at Redbares, Berwichshire who served several English monarchs and Queen Anne. His coat of arms occupies the bookplate with motto “True to the King” along with description of his position as Viscount Blasonberrie, and Lord Polwarth of Polwarth and Lord High Chancelor of Scotland. There is also a loose bookplate from Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt library tipped in.
This work contains the three different tracts that Bradley wrote on botany, gardening and vegetable physiology from 1717 to 1718. In this 1724 fourth edition of the New improvements of planting and gardening there is addition of John Beale’s treatise on Herefordshire-Orchards. Henrey, p. 437). Bradley was a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1724 was elected Professor of Botany at Cambridge. (ODNB).