Observations on the Diseases, Defects, and Injuries in all kinds of Fruit and Forest Trees; With an Account of a Particular Method of Cure Invented and Practiced. William Forsyth, At Kensington Gardener to His Majesty.
Observations on the Diseases, Defects, and Injuries in all kinds of Fruit and Forest Trees; With an Account of a Particular Method of Cure Invented and Practiced

Observations on the Diseases, Defects, and Injuries in all kinds of Fruit and Forest Trees; With an Account of a Particular Method of Cure Invented and Practiced

London: Printed For The Author; and Sold by G. Nicol, Booksellers To His Majesty, Pall-Mall, 1791. First Edition. Sewn binding. [4] 71 [3] pages. 23 x 14.5 William Forsyth's first publication. Forsyth was born in Aberdeenshire and made his way to London as a young man in 1763. During his career he worked as a head gardener at Syon House, Brentford, Chelsea Physic Garden, and eventually became superintendent of the royal gardens of the Palaces of St. James' and Kensington. At Kensington, Forsyth turned his efforts to the cultivation of fruit and vegetables. He found many of the old fruit trees to be diseased and created a 'plaister' - which consisted of cow dung, lime, wood ashes and sand which he coated on to the wounds, and claimed this would bind together old wood and help new wood grow. A debate on the efficacy of this treatment was judged to be successful by the navy, which paid Forsyth to reveal the receipt. The correspondence with the Land Registry Office regarding the trials and the recipe are printed in an appendix. Half-title page and the last leaf are soiled, title page foxed, page edges worn; untrimmed, stab-sewn as issued. Cream paper wraps. Very good. Item #2618

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