Title: Directions for the Gardiner at Says-Court, But which may be of Use for Other Gardens
Author: John Evelyn; Geoffrey Keynes (editor)
Description: Limited numbered edition of 625 [185/625]. Boards and endpapers in marbled paper; title block on spine. Gilt top edge (somewhat soiled). Top and bottom edges of boards show areas of wear. Dust jacket chipped around head of spine at along top edge of front panel; has a few short closed tears; very shallow chipping at tail of spine. DJ in clear archival sleeve. 109,  pp. 8.5 x 5.75 inches.
Directions for the Gardiner is here published for the first time by Nonesuch (1932), heretofore in manuscript form only, being Evelyn's instructions for his gardens of Sayes Court, Deptford (now south-East London). Includes a catalog of the various species of flowers, trees, and shrubs in the Sayes Court gardens, instructions for their care, a month-to-month gathering/harvesting schedule with directions for preparation of salads for the table, a list of tools necessary for the garden, and a variety and wealth of information on the caretaking of a seventeenth century English manor garden. A presentation that might be considered the epitome of Evelyn's gardening knowledge. The foreword introduces John Evelyn and describes the original manuscript in detail.
John Evelyn (1620-1706) was an English writer, gardener and diarist. In addition to his design at Sayes Court he also recognized as having built the first Italian Garden in England at his brother's estate, Wotton House in Surrey, which was also John's birthplace.
Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Nonesuch Press
Keywords: gardening, English, garden, gardens, manor house, England, gardener, gardeners, horticulture, Sayes Court, Deptford, Wotton, Lewisham, London, Surrey, seventeenth century, 17th century,
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