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AUSTEN, Ralph (d. 1676)
[Treatise of fruit-trees. Part 2]
The spirituall use of an orchard, or garden of fruit-trees. Set forth in divers similitudes betweene naturall and spirituall fruit-trees, in their natures, and ordering, according to Scripture and experience. The second impression; with the addition of many similitudes. By Ra: Austen, author of the first part.
Oxford printed by Hen: Hall, printer to the University, for Tho: Robinson, 1657.
[20], 208 p. ; 18.6 cm. (sm. 4º)

Imprimatur on verso of title-page dated 'Aug: 2. 1656 Imprimatur Johan Owen Vice-Can: Oxon' between decorated borders. The running-title reads 'The spirituall use of a Garden of Fruit-trees'. First issued in 1653 as the second part of Ralph Austen's A treatise of fruit-trees but expanded to book length for the present edition, and often found bound with the 1657 edition of the Treatise (q.v.) as is the case here. See J.A. Bennett & S. Mandelbrote, The Garden, the Ark, the Tower, the Temple : biblical metaphors of knowledge in early modern Europe, Oxford, Museum of the History of Science in association with the Bodleian Library, 1999, pp. 50--1; see also James Turner, 'Ralph Austen, an Oxford horticulturalist of the seventeenth century', Garden History 6:2 (1978), pp. 39--45. ESTC r208885; Wing (2nd ed.), A4236; Kress Lib., 951; Thomason, E.915[8].

Copy Notes Bound (2) with the first part, A treatise of fruit-trees (q.v.). Some brief annotations in ink: at edge of page 201 of the second part: Sir pray deliver the [?]/ to the Bearer; and 205: I promise to pay unto Mr John Goosbery.

Binding C17th calf, blind triple-ruled borders and spine, paper spine-label, spine-title in ink reading 'Gardening'.

Reference Number 6720


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