Silva: or, a Discourse of Forest-trees, and the Propagation of Timber in his Majesty's Dominions… with notes by A. Hunter…to which is added the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth
[EVELYN, JOHN] HUNTER, ALEXANDER

Silva: or, a Discourse of Forest-trees, and the Propagation of Timber in his Majesty's Dominions… with notes by A. Hunter…to which is added the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth

York A. Ward for J. Dodsley, T. Cadell and others 1786 Second Hunter edition 4to( 30.4 x 22.9cm). Contemporary red morocco. Three (3) parts in one. Collation: [xliv], 311, [13]; [ii] 343, [11]; [viii], 74 [4] pp. + Engraved portrait after Bartolozzi, 43 hand-colored plates on thick paper, 1 double-page, two folding letterpress tables. The spine has six compartments with gilt raised bands and gilt title; gilt turn-ins, gilt edges (lightly rubbed), with a contemporary fore-edge painting of a country house set in wooded parkland. There are inner gilt dentelles and marble end papers. The portrait has foxing and small-discolored area at the bottom gutter. The text and plates have some minor marginal foxing, which is more moderate when several plates are placed together or a leaf of text separates two plates. Many of the plates were engraved by J. Miller and a few other plates by S. H. Grimm. All the plates are finely colored. Provenance: W.A. Foyle bookplate on front free end paper and amoral bookplate (pasted over earlier bookplate) of Bertram Mitford Freeman. Very Good Contemporary red morocco. (Item ID: 000033)

$25,000.00

This is a rare copy of the first hand-colored Hunter edition of Evelyn's Silva… to which were added 3 new plates.There is a fore edge painting of country house and grounds painted by William Edwards of the Halifx (c.f. Weber. Annotated Dictionary Of Fore-Edge Painting Artists & Binders…, 2010.). It is an excellent rendition of the house and, more importantly, the numerous different trees on the grounds. PROVENANCE: W.A. Foyle bookplate on front free end paper and amoral bookplate (pasted over earlier bookplate) of Bertram Mitford Freeman. Algernon Bertram Freeman Mitford -, first Baron Redesdale (1837&1916), diplomatist and author, was born in South Audley Street, London, on 24 February 1837. He was the third son of Henry Revely Mitford (1804&1883) and his wife, Lady Georgiana Jemima Ashburnham (1805&1882). Mitford was educated at Eton College (1846&54), where he spent much time in the company of his cousin Algernon Swinburne, with whom he became close friends. Mitford went up to Christ Church, Oxford, in October 1855. His work in the Foreign Office lead, in part, to becoming one of the associates of the Prince of Wales followed by being sent in 1863 to St Petersburg as second secretary of embassy.Keynes notes the existence of two other colored copies, one in the British Museum and the other at Harvard University Arnold Arboretum and Asa Gray Herbarium. Although this edition was published in two volumes, the present copy with the fine red morocco binding and excellently executed fore-edge painting by Edwards makes this is a fine copy with all plates' hand colored on thick paper. This is the first Hunter edition to have color plates. Keynes notes that Hunter was an English physician who practiced in York, where he died in 1809. "His mind was versatile like Evelyn's, and he varied his medical work by becoming an authority on agriculture and forestry....Hunter's edition of Evelyn's /Silva/, under taken as a relaxation, proved to be a popular success, so that five editions of this ponderous work were called for up to 1825. His annotations are learned and extensive, and he claims that the text was collated with all five of the original editions, and corrected with the help of 'some Original Manuscripts'." The present work contains additional plates and the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth. (Nissen 615; Henrey 137; Keynes 48)

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