Place and Imprint: Sherborne: Printed for R. Goadby and sold by W. Owen, Bookseller, London, 1752 [-1754].
Edition: First edition in book form, preceded by an issue in parts.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T125628 (BL & Ox only); not found in Henrey, British Botanical and Horticultural Literature. ESTC notes a leaf of verse titled “A caution” after the title-page, which this copy does not have. The digitized third edition (1752) at Harvard also does not contain this leaf.
Condition: Some light foxing and stains, particularly to the inner margin of the title-page; very good copy.
Book ID: 28770
Physical Description8vo, contemporary English sprinkled calf, rebacked with the original spine laid on, brown morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Folding frontispiece and two plates. 474 pages + 8 pages of two separate indices.
CommentsAn unusual almanac-like periodical originally published in 59 parts, beginning in 1752 and concluding in 1754, here reissued with continuous pagination, register, the part number on each of the 59 parts, and a title-page dated 1752. The contents contain a range of gardening, husbandry and culinary advice about brewing, flowers, fruits, vegetables, livestock, manure and healthy eating. Beginning with issue 39, there are short news reports from abroad (“Public Transactions in Europe and America”) and England, all certainly extracted from other contemporary journals, but interesting nonetheless for the selection of topics, including two reports on the French and Indian War in 1754, at its beginning, and the involvement of George Washington, then a 22-year-old Colonel in the British Army. The text also contains more than 85 poems, obviously extracted from other contemporary sources as well, including Pope, Gay, Arbuthnot, Gray (“An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard” - not in Northrup) and Elizabeth Carter ("Ode to Wisdom") but many are not easily attribuited to an author or found in such places as the first lines index in Foxon. ESTC also records second, third and fourth editions (all dated 1752), but only in a handful of copies (a few of which are incomplete). The publisher of Miscellaneous Pieces, R. Goadby of Sherborne, issued a similar publication at the same time, The Family Library or Instructor of Useful Knowledge, also in parts. Early ink notation on the front paste-down below which is the later ink stamp of an agricultural trust.