SPEECHLY, William (1734?-1819)
A Treatise on the Culture of the Pine Apple and the Management of the Hot-House
York: Printed by G. Peacock, 1779. 8vo. (8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches). 2 engraved plates (one folding). Uncut.
Expertly bound to style in half russia over period marbled paper covered boards, flat spine tooled in gilt in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece
First edition of the most important English work on the culture of the pineapple in the 18th century.
From 1767 until 1804, Speechly served as the gardener to the Duke of Portland, to whom this work is dedicated. Described by Henrey as "the best kitchen, fruit, and forcing gardener of his time", the present work is widely considered the most important treatise on the culture of the pineapple published in the 18th century.
Henrey III:1373; cf. Raphael, Oak Spring Pomona 99 (1786 edition).