COBBETT, WILLIAM The Woodlands: or, A treatise on the preparing of ground for planting, on the planting, on the cultivating, on the pruning, and on the cutting down of Forest Trees and Underwoods...
London: William Cobbett, 1825 [but actually 1828]. First edition. Three-quarters modern red morocco, cloth sides. 9 x 5 1/4 inches (22.5 x 13.5 cm); unpaginated [A]-X^(8) Y^(4), 6 pp. Cobbett nursery catalogue separately printed after Y3. Binding about fine, minor soiling to the title and a small chip to the outer margin. Uncut copy. Safire book-label; Together with A Treatise on Cobbett's Corn, Containing Instructions for Propagating and Cultivating the Plant, and for Harvesting and Preserving the Crop... London: William Cobbett, 1828. First edition. Publisher's boards, rebacked in paper. 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches (19 x 11 cm); 12 pp. catalogue, iv pp. preliminaries (printed on paper made from corn stalks), text unpaginated, A^(2) B-N^(12); three plates in text. Boards a bit rubbed, but a sound uncut copy.
Offered with a copy of Cobbett's The English Gardener in boards, rather stained. Two agrarian Cobbett works of American interest. In the first, he promotes the largely American trees that he sold through his nursery business. The locust tree in particular was to be a great success, as it was taken up by the third Earl of Radnor, William Pleydell-Bouverie. The second work is a papermaking incunable as well as an important agricultural desideratum, including as it does some of the first paper made from Indian corn. It was intended to promote corn as an article of diet to alleviate the hunger of the English poor. Though alternatives to rag for papermaking had been explored in the later 18th century, this is the earliest use of corn in papermaking known to us.
C From the Collection of the late William Safire
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