The French gardiner

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The French gardiner: instructing how to cultivate all sorts of fruit-trees, and herbs for the garden: together with directions to dry and conserve them in their natural
English vineyard vindicated

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Eb/1669/B [De Beer Special Collections]


printed by J.M. for John Crooke, and are to be sold at his shop in Duck-Lane: London


As well as writing his own books on gardening and arboriculture, the English virtuoso John Evelyn translated several influential French manuals. The first (1658) was Nicolas de Bonnefons's Le Jardinier Fran├žois, a handbook on the cultivation of choice fruits and quality vegetables. The French raised many types of vegetable and herb and Evelyn's translation was designed to introduce some of these to the more conservative English market, along with detailed cultivation instructions. Four editions appeared between 1658 and 1691, variously illustrated. This is the second edition.
An accomplished piece, written originally in French, and now transplanted into English, by John Evelyn, Esq; Fellow of the Royal Society. Illustrated with sculptures. Whereunto is annexed, The English vineyard vindicated by John Rose, now gardiner to his Majesty: with a tract of the making and ordering of wines in France.


Evelyn, John
Rose, John
Hertocks, A.
Crook, John




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