HITT, Thomas (d. 1770)
A Treatise on Fruit-Trees ... Second Edition
London: Printed for the Author, 1757. 8vo. viii, 392, pp. 7 engraved plates (6 folding). Old repaired tears to folding plates.
Contemporary calf, covers ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece
An important 18th-century work on the care of fruit trees.
Thomas Hitt was gardener to Lord Robert Manners. "Thomas Hitt, a gardener in private service [to Lord Robert Manners] who later became a nurseryman, published in 1755 A Treatise of Fruit-Trees which long remained the best practical work upon the art of pruning and training trees" (Henrey). "His book, which ran into three London editions and a Dublin one within fifteen years, included directions for the packing and safe transport of trees from their nurseries 'to places remote from whence they are raised'" (Oak Spring Pomona). The plates are engraved by Thomas Jefferys.
Bradley III, 441; Henrey 848; Raphael, Oak Spring Pomana 24.