LOVER OF PLANTING
The Compleat Planter & Cyderist. Or, Choice Collections and Observations for the Propagating all manner of Fruit-Trees, and the most Approved Ways and Methods yet known for the Making and Ordering of Cyder, and other English-Wines. By a Lover of Planting
London: Thomas Basset, 1685. 8vo. (6 3/4 x 4 inches). , 256,  pp. Two woodcut illustrations to text.
Contemporary mottled sheep, neatly rebacked with morocco title label to spine.
Provenance: G.B. Barton (signature dated 1749)
This guide is a compilation of practical information on cultivating fruit trees and planting an orchard, plus grafting, transplanting, pruning, manuring and protecting fruit against enemies of all kinds. The anonymous writer, known only as a "Lover of Planting," covers a wide range of fruits, including apples, peaches, strawberries, figs, quinces, and more. The book also has a comprehensive section on the production, casking, bottling and storage of cyder and other country wines.
First edition; a second edition, combined with a English translation of Venette's L'Art de Tailler les Arbres Fruitiers , would be published in 1690. "Some authorities have ascribed the above work to William Ellis. The compiler, however, can find no supporting evidence for this attribution" (Henrey).
An early manuscript note to page 237 includes an extra tip regarding cleaning shoes: "How to black shoes yt they may look black & shineing. Take bees wax & melt it, ye put in lamblack & stir it till it be cold, ye make it up into balls, & wn ye shoes are clean & dry, rub ye wth a ball & afterwards wth a woollen cloath till no black will come off."
Wing C5649; ESTC R1107; Henrey 36.