London: Printed for Daniel Browne, Andrew Bell, John Darby, Arthur Bettesworth, John Pemberton, Charles Rivington, John Hooke, R. Cruttenden and T. Cox, Jer. Battley, Edward Symon, M.DCC.XVII. . Early Reprint. Full Calf. Second Edition, "very much corrected," of this influential treatise by the head gardener to the Earl of Essex. 8vo: xix,,276pp, with frontispiece depicting tree-fellers at work and two fold-out plates, containing 48 figures showing ways to calculate the scale and design of landscape features. Cambridge-style paneled calf, spine gilt in six compartments very skillfully relaid, red morocco lettering piece gilt, edges speckled red. An excellent example, in a handsome contemporary binding, with pages and plates fresh, bright, and all but free of foxing. Henrey 40 and pp. 116-118. Goldsmiths' 6265. Kress Library 3011. Fine. Item #BB1599
Originally published in 1676, going through several editions, the final one in 1724. Cook gives rudimentary designs for avenues, walks, and lawns in the strict geometric manner of George London and Henry Wise, partners at the celebrated Brompton Park Nursery, which Cook helped found. After John Evelyn (whose own pioneering works on tree cultivation was published in 1664) visited the Earl of Essex in the spring of 1680 and toured the gardens, he praised in his diary the "incomparable collection of the choicest fruits" and called Cook "so skillful an artist." Some fifty years later, another commentator and gardener noted, "Cooke's is indeed an excellent book, and one that has done more good in the nursery and forest way than any other that I know of." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its code of ethics.).