York: Printed by A. Ward for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall; T. Cadell, in the Strand; J. Robson, New-Bond-Street; and T. Durham, Charing-Cross, London. W. Creech and J. Balfour, Edinburgh, 1776.
First Hunter and first Miller edition. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Evelyn by Bartolozzi and 40 engraved plates (1 folding), most drawn and engraved by John Miller (i.e. Johann Sebastian Müller). , 649, ,  pp, including list of subscribers and index. With letterpress folding table at end. Large 4to (11-7/16 x 8-7/8 inches). WITH SUBSCRIBER'S RECEIPT. Bound in contemporary half brown morocco and marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Some occasional light browning but a fresh, clean copy. ESTC T123233; Henrey 137; Keynes 47; Pritzel 2766; Raphael, An Oak Spring Sylva, 33 (1786 edition). Provenance: Sir William Oglander (subscriber's receipt); Henry Stephens (bookplate). Item #311583
First edition with the extensive and careful annotations of Alexander Hunter, a York physician. Silva "was given a fresh lease of life by the enthusiasm of Dr. Hunter ... His mind was versatile like Evelyn's, and he varied is medical work by becoming an authority on agriculture and forestry ... Hunter's edition of Silva, undertaken as a relaxation, proved to be a popular success, so that five editions ... were called for up to 1825. His annotations are learned and extensive, and he claims that the text was colleated with all five of the original editions, and corrected with the help of 'some Original Manuscripts'" (Keynes). This edition with outstanding plates by the renowned German-English botanical illustrator Johann Sebastian Müller (1715-c.1792). Tipped in at the first page of the subscriber's list is the receipt made out to subscriber Sir William Oglander for two guineas, signed "A. Hunter."
First published in 1664, Silva is a treatise on forestry, written to promote the cultivation of timber for building the Royal Navy. As Disraeli wrote: "It was an author in his studious retreat, who, casting a prophetic eye on the age we live in, secured the late victories of our national sovereignty. Inquire at the Admiralty how the fleets of Nelson have been constructed and they can tell you that it was with the oaks that the genius of Evelyn planted."
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