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Sylva, Or, a Discourse of Forest Trees

Sylva, Or, a Discourse of Forest Trees
With an Essay on the Life and Works of the Author
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  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108055284

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  • John Evelyn (1620–1706), intellectual, diarist, gardener and founder member of the Royal Society, is best known for his Diary, the great journal of his life and times, encompassing a momentous period in British history. A lifelong collector of books, like his contemporary Pepys, Evelyn amassed over 4,000 items in his library. This work, originally published in 1664, was the first English-language treatise on forestry. Intended for the gentry, it aimed to encourage tree-planting after the ravages of the Civil War and to ensure a supply of timber for Britain's fast-developing navy. The first work sponsored officially by the Royal Society, it was an offshoot of Evelyn's unpublished manuscript Elysium Britannicum, a compendium of gardens and gardening. This is the 1908 two-volume reprint of the fourth edition, published in the year of Evelyn's death.

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    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108055284
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    Books published by the author
    Book I:
    1. Of the earth, soil, seed, air, and water
    2. Of the seminary and of transplanting
    3. Of the oak
    4. Of the elm
    5. Of the beech
    6. Of the horn-beam
    7. Of the ash
    8. Of the chestnut
    9. Of the walnut
    10. Of the service, and black cherry-tree
    11. Of the maple
    12. Of the sycomor
    13. Of the lime-tree
    14. Of the poplar, aspen, and abele
    15. Of the quick-beam
    16. Of the hasel
    17. Of the birch
    18. Of the alder
    19. Of the withy, sallow, ozier, and willow
    20. Of fences, quick-sets, etc.
    Book II:
    1. Of the mulberry
    2. Of the platanus, lotus, cornus, acacia, etc.
    3. Of the fir, pine, pinaster, pitch-tree, larsh, and subterranean trees
    4. Of the cedar, juniper, cypress, savine, thuya, etc.
    5. Of the cork, ilex, alaternus, celastrus, ligustrum, philyrea, myrtil, lentiscus, olive, granade, syring, jasmine and other exoticks
    6. Of the arbutus, box, yew, holly, pyracinth, laurel, bay, etc.
    7. Of the infirmities of trees, etc. Volume 2: Book III:
    1. Of copp'ces
    2. Of pruning
    3. Of the age, stature, and felling of trees
    4. Of timber, the seasoning and uses, and of fuel
    5. Aphorisms, or certain general precepts of use to the foregoing chapters
    6. Of the laws and statutes for the preservation and improvement of woods and forests
    7. The paraenesis and conclusion, containing some encouragements and proposals for the planting and improvement of his majesty's forests, and other amunities for shades, and ornament
    Book IV: An historical account of the sacredness and use of standing groves, etc.
    Renati Rapini Hortorum liber II.

  • Author

    John Evelyn


    John Nisbet

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