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Gardens.- Cooke (Samuel) The Complete English Gardener: or, Gardener's Monthly Chronicle...to which is added, The Compleat Bee-Master..., ?first edition, engraved frontispiece, contemporary ink inscription "Addis Archer 1768" to front free endpaper with several additional signatures and headings of months & subjects to text plus extensive notes to front endpapers, a little browned, one leaf creased, contemporary sheep with "Archer 1765" stamped in blind on upper cover, rubbed and stained, spine ends worn, [Henrey 577; Not in BL; cf.British Bee Books 133, other editions], 12mo, for John Cooke, [?1765].


⁂ "There is some uncertainty about the date of this book". (British Bee Books). There is indeed: the British Library contains 4 different editions, all scarce, one being dated 1769 (one copy only, Cambridge University Library), the rest undated but none conforming to the edition offered here. Henrey lists 3 editions, including this (2 copies, this one and Kew), but puts the earliest dated c.1780. Evidently this is an earlier edition due to the owner's date of 1765 on the cover and 1768 internally.

Cooke was gardener at Overton in Wiltshire. In addition to discussing all types of gardening there is also information on breeding and rearing poultry, rabbits and bees. He describes skep beekeeping and advises killing the bees to collect honey.

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Gardens.- Cooke (Samuel) The Complete English

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 9:30 AM UTC
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
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Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
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London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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