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STEELE (Richard). An Essay upon Gardening, containing a catalogue of exotic plants for the stoves and green-houses of the British gardens: the best method of planting the hot-house vine; with directions for obtaining and preparing proper earths and compositions, to preserve tender exotics observations on the history of gardening, and a contrast of the ancient with the modern taste. York: Printed for the Author, by G. Peacock, 1793. First edition, 2 parts, xx, [2], xxi-xxii, [2], 159, [1]; 102, [8]p., with an additional letterpress divisional title and list of subscribers, 3 large folding engraved plates (one with two short closed tears to folds). [Bound with:] 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.1790

York: Printed and Sold for the Author, by G. Peacock, First edition, xvi, [4], 224pp., with an additional letterpress divisional title and list of subscribers, 5 engraved plates (of which 3 are folding), closed tear repair to blank fore-edge of Cc4. 2 Works in one, 4to (265 x 212 mm), marbled endpapers, contemporary diced calf, rubbed, gilt rolled board to both upper and lower board, spine tooled in gilt, extremities a little worn, spine faded, all edges gilt. Each of these works were printed by the York printer George Peacock, and both published by private subscription with a list of the names of the subscribers. Richard Steele is described as 'late of Thirsk, but now of Sionhill, (near Thirsk) in the County of York.' William Speechly (1723–1819), agriculturist, head gardener to William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, third duke of Portland, at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire. Mainly known for his skill in growing pineapples and introducing new methods for cultivating grapes. Provenance: Engraved armorial bookplate of Christopher Harrison to front paste-down. Henry, 1384 & 1376.

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