20 November 2003
PARKINSON, John (1567-1650). Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris: or, A Garden of All Sorts of Pleasant Flowers. London: Humfrey Lownes and Robert Young, 1629.
2° (333 x 210mm). Decorative woodcut title by Christopher Switzer, woodcut portrait of Parkinson, one full-page garden design, one small orchard plan, one small woodcut of tools and methods of grafting, and 109 full-page cuts illustrating about 780 varieties of plants. (Repaired tears to Qq6 and Xx2, occasional small paper faults or rust-holes.) Early 18th-century calf (neatly rebacked to style incorporating old lettering-piece). Provenance: James Irvine of Kingcausie (1717-1794, bookplate).
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. Hunt calls the Paradisus 'one of the most beloved of all early English books on gardening.' Recognised by Henrey as the 'earliest important treatise on gardening to be published in [England],' it is 'of interest and value as a record of the state of horticulture in England at the beginning of the seventeenth century.' (Henrey I, p. 164). Henrey I, 282; STC 19300.
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