On Gardens; Two Essays

"God Almighty First Planted A Garden: And Indeed It Is The Purest Of Human Pleasures" (Bacon)

"May I A Small House Have;
And A Few Friends,
And Many Books, Both True."
(Abraham Cowley)

BACON, Francis & Abraham Cowley. On Gardens. Two Essays. Guildford: A.C. Curtis, 1903.

First Astolat Press edition. Small octavo (6 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.; 172 x 98 mm) . [8]. 23, [1] pp. Rubricated initials, tailpieces.

Bound in contemporary full black morocco with double fillet borders and gilt floral decorations. Gilt ornaments to spine. Turn-in with gilt cornerpieces. All edges gilt. Neat contemporary gift inscription to front paste-down endpaper dated 1907. A fine copy in a very handsome, yet unsigned binding.

From the Oakleaf series of Astolat Press, established in 1903 by A.C. Curtis. Attractively printed and bound reprints of the seventeenth century's two most celebrated poems about gardening, Bacon's Of Gardens, from The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall, of Francis Lo. Verulam, Viscount St. Albans (1625), and Cowley's The Garden (1668). Item #02412

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