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Second improved and enlarged edition of an encyclopedic manual on horticulture

KNOOP, Johann Hermann.
Beknopte huishoudelyke hovenier. Inhoudende eene verhandeling en meernamige lijsten van alle soorten van ooft-vrugten. Insgelyks van alle boom- en heesteragtige plantagie-gewassen. Gelyk ook van alle keuken-gewassen, veld-vrugten, verfstof-gewassen en anderen.
Amsterdam, Martinus de Bruyn, [1760-1762]. 3 volumes. 8vo. With a small woodcut vignette on the title-pages, woodcut decorated initials, woodcut tailpieces. Modern quarter paper. X, 294; [8], 415, [1 blank]; [8], 362, [42] pp.
€ 6,950
Very rare Amsterdam printing of the second improved and enlarged edition of this encyclopedic manual on all aspects of horticulture, including fruit- and kitchen-gardens, as well as the cultivation of medicinal plants and herbs by Johann Hermann Knoop (ca. 1700-1769). The various trees, plants and herbs are treated alphabetically, and at the end of the second part, devoted to the cultivation of flowers, a gardener's calendar is added. The third part, treating the medicinal plants, virtually present a popular pharmacopeia. The author, who was head gardener at the estate Marienburg near Leeuwarden, later reworked the first part, on fruit-trees, shrubs, and kitchen-gardens, into the famous coloured plates book "Pomologia, Fructologia", published in 4 volumes in the 1770s.
The volumes have been re-backed with modern paper, the marbled paper sides are slightly rubbed. The first volume is very slightly browned, volume 2 shows some light water stains in the outer and bottom margins (not affecting the text), volume 3 is slightly browned throughout and shows some water stains in the margins (slightly affecting the text). Otherwise in good condition. A very rare edition of a notable work on horticulture. Molhuysen-Blok III, 706; cf. STCN 244748756 (Leeuwarden ed.) and 155345443 (Harlingen & Amsterdam ed.); not in BMNH; Jackson; Pritzel.
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