MacPHAIL, James (b. 1754)
A Treatise on the Culture of the Cucumber: shewing a new and advantageous method of cultivating that plant
London: Printed for the Author; and sold by T. Cadell, 1794. 8vo. (8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches). Engraved folding frontispiece plate.
Contemporary calf backed marbled paper covered boards with vellum tips, flat spine in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with overall decoration in gilt.
Provenance: George Thomas Leaton-Blenkinsopp (armorial bookplate, arms on the spine)
A lovely copy of MacPhail's work on the forced cultivation of cucumbers.
MacPhail (fl. 1786-1805), the gardener to Lord Hawkesbury in Surrey, here advocates his controversial system of cultivating cucumbers in a brick bed. "This is the first edition of the work which introduced MacPhail's cucumber forcing frame which achieved considerable popularity" (Johnson). Scarce.
Henrey III:999; Johnson 624.