The Gardeners Dictionary: Containing the Best and Newest Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit, Flower Garden, and Nursery; as also for performing the practical parts of Agriculture – Including The Management of Vineyards with the Methods of making and preserving Wine, according to the present practice of the most skilful Vignerons in the several Wine Countries of Europe. Together with Directions for Propagating and Improving, from real practice and experience, all sorts of Timber Trees. [with an appendix: “A Catalogue of such Medicinal Plants as may be cultivated in the English Gardens, being hardy enough to bear the cold in the open air”]. The Eighth Edition, revised and altered according to the latest System of Botany; and embellished with several Copper-Plates, which were not in some former Editions. By Philip Miller, Gardener to the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries at their Botanic Garden in Chelsea and Member of the Botanic Academy at Florence.
London, Printed for the Author and sold by John and Francis Rivington, A.Millar and many others, 1768. Large Folio (27 cm x 43 cm). Frontispiece (depicting Britannia receiving the fruits of Nature in her lap), , 1326 unnumbered pages plus 18 (of 19) full-page-Folio Plates (copper-engravings) plus two Text-Vignettes and six text-illustrations. Hardcover / Stunning, modern half-leather with gilt lettering on spine. Beautifully restored by an english-masterbinder. Some pages, including the frontispiece, restored and repaired. The first ten text-pages and illustrations wirth some damp-damage to outer margins only. One page (″Leo”) with a small lesion to the text. After the first 10 pages in excellent condition with stunning bright text-pages and excellent illustrations. A beautifully restored example of one of the important english Gard Dictionaries, now in usable condition for the Botanist (many editons of this Volume are always broken because of the XXL-Size of this publication). From the library of Daniel Conner (Connerville / Manch House), with his Exlibris / Bookplate to pastedown.
Printed as appendix: “A Catalogue of such hardy decidous Trees and Shrubs as will thrive in the open Air in England without Shelter” [with hardy perennials and shrubby plants] / “A catalogue of plants, which are too tender to live abroad in winter in England but require no articficial heat….”/ “A Catalogue of such Medicinal Plants as may be cultivated in the English Gardens, being hardy enough to bear the cold in the open air” / A Catalogue of Plants which will not thrive in this country without artificial heat in winter” (Cacao (Cocoa), Guinea Pepper, Agave, Vanilla etc. etc.) /
Plate I: The different Parts of Plants
Plate II: An Explanation of Fruits
Plate III: seems to be missing
Plate IV: Different Structures of the sexual parts of plants (contains the figures which explain the System of Dr.Linnaeus, who classes the plants by the number of stamina in their flowers)/
Further plates show: Leaves / Polygala floribus (Senega Rattle Snake Root) / Rubia Tinctorum Madder /
Six plates show: “A Plan [Architecture] of the Structure of the Cold Stove” including a section of the “Pounding House” and a Plan of the Pounding House with Horses in Action″
Further Plates show: Plan of the Greenhouse / Plan for the large Fan Stove and the Stove for the young Anana Plants [this being an early example of Pineapple Cultivation in 18th century english Glasshouses] / Two sorts of Frames with oyled [sic] Paper for covering melons /
Further plans show: Plan of the Great Wine Press / (Taison Press / The Great Press) / Plan showing a Profile of the Great Wine Press / Text-Vignette showing the small framed Press /