LAWRENCE [LAURENCE], Reverend John (1668-1732) LAURENCE, Edward (d.1740?)

THE CLERGY-MAN'S RECREATION

THE CLERGY-MAN'S RECREATION: SHEWING THE PLEASURE AND PROFIT OF THE ART OF GARDENING [together with] THE GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION: OR THE SECOND PART OF THE ART OF GARDENING IMPROVED ... TO WHICH IS ADDED BY WAY OF THE APPENDIX A NEW AND FAMILIAR WAY TO FIND A MOST EXACT MERIDIAN LINE...

THE CLERGY-MAN'S RECREATION: SHEWING THE PLEASURE AND PROFIT OF THE ART OF GARDENING [together with] THE GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION: OR THE SECOND PART OF THE ART OF GARDENING IMPROVED ... TO WHICH IS ADDED BY WAY OF THE APPENDIX A NEW AND FAMILIAR WAY TO FIND A MOST EXACT MERIDIAN LINE...

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THE CLERGY-MAN'S RECREATION: SHEWING THE PLEASURE AND PROFIT OF THE ART OF GARDENING [together with] THE GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION: OR THE SECOND PART OF THE ART OF GARDENING IMPROVED ... TO WHICH IS ADDED BY WAY OF THE APPENDIX A NEW AND FAMILIAR WAY TO FIND A MOST EXACT MERIDIAN LINE BY THE POLE-STAR; WHEREBY GENTLEMEN MAY KNOW THE TRUE BEARINGS OF THEIR HOUSES AND GARDEN WALLS, AND REGULATE THEIR CLOCKS AND WATCHES, &c. BY EDWARD LAURENCE, BROTHER OF THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK [together with] THE FRUIT GARDEN KALENDAR: OR, A SUMMARY OF THE ART OF MANAGING THE FRUIT-GARDEN ... TO WHICH IS ADDED THE USEFULNESS OF THE BAROMETER; WITH SOME SHORT DIRECTIONS HOW TO MAKE A RIGHT JUDGMENT OF THE WEATHER

Third edition of the first work (1717), second edition of the second (1717) and first edition of the third work (1718) which was co-authored by the author’s brother, Edward. Crown 8vo (19cm); engraved frontis, (xvi), 84; frontis, (xvii), 115, (1); v, 149, (3) pp; two engraved frontispieces, four folding plates and several vignettes in the text, head and tail pieces, with a corner torn away from one of the folding plates; som contemp. underscoring to a few places in the first work; text pages generally rather toned and rear endpape chipped; full contemp. calf binding with decorative rectangular panel with corner fleurons in blind to front and back boards, spine, relaid, with edges rubbed, lacks title label at spine. Provenance: bookplate of Matthew Mackey (”June 1892”) inside the f/c, also contemp. inked sig of Joan Francis MA at head of the first titlepage. A complete and unpretentious copy of the important Laurence works, nicely preserved in a totally aposite calf binding.

The Reverend John Laurence, known as ’The Gardening Vicar’, was rector of Yelvertoft in Northamptonshire from 1700 to 1721. This series of works is based around his own achievements in reclaiming the rectory garden "of about 32 Yards square, mounded round with low Mud-Walls, quite over-run with Couch or Twitch-grass, Nettles and Goose-berry Bushes; and, which was a great deal worse, upon a wet white Clay, lying within a Foot of the Surface." The work in essence tells the story of the author's victory over this hostile environment in the form of practical advice on all aspects of the cultivation of fruit trees. First published in 1714, the work was devoted almost exclusively to the culture and training of fruit trees, and is of special historical interest, according to Henrey, for its early mention of transmission of a viruses by grafting.
Born in 1668, Laurence lived in an age when most men who worked as gardeners were, if not completely illiterate, then certainly lacking the skills to write a book on the subject. For this reason most of the early writers on horticulture were also clergyman and, as a university education was the only pathway to a life of the cloth, all those who followed this career were capable of writing a book on any subject should they see fit. By the time he was 46, in 1714, his interest in horticulture had become a passion; he encouraged his fellow clergymen to have a garden of their own, calling on his “observations and experience of above twenty years” to give details on garden design, soil preparation and which plants best suited which types of soil. “For my own part, I must own that ‘tis the best and almost only Physick I take: and if through the rigour or wetness of the season, I am denyed the benefit of my Garden for some days, and labour under indispositions; God Blessing with a warm and sun-shiny day that invites me out, soon sets me to rights again”. His biggest passion, however, was the cultivation of fruit trees; in 1714, four years after publication of ‘The Clergy-Man’s Recreation’, he published a third book on the subject in which he described what should be done in the garden each month while also suggesting that many people tended to simply copy ideas from other writers on the subject and in turn copy “their errors and mistakes, as well as their useful rules”. He firmly implies that his writings are based on his own personal experience and not on the work of others. The practical nature of Laurence's works made them extremely popular.

London : printed for Bernard Lintott, 1717-8

THE CLERGY-MAN'S RECREATION: SHEWING THE PLEASURE AND PROFIT OF THE ART OF GARDENING [together with] THE GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION: OR THE SECOND PART OF THE ART OF GARDENING IMPROVED ... TO WHICH IS ADDED BY WAY OF THE APPENDIX A NEW AND FAMILIAR WAY TO FIND A MOST EXACT MERIDIAN LINE BY THE POLE-STAR; WHEREBY GENTLEMEN MAY KNOW THE TRUE BEARINGS OF THEIR HOUSES AND GARDEN WALLS, AND REGULATE THEIR CLOCKS AND WATCHES, &c. BY EDWARD LAURENCE, BROTHER OF THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK [together with] THE FRUIT GARDEN KALENDAR: OR, A SUMMARY OF THE ART OF MANAGING THE FRUIT-GARDEN ... TO WHICH IS ADDED THE USEFULNESS OF THE BAROMETER; WITH SOME SHORT DIRECTIONS HOW TO MAKE A RIGHT JUDGMENT OF THE WEATHER

Third edition of the first work (1717), second edition of the second (1717) and first edition of the third work (1718) which was co-authored by the author’s brother, Edward. Crown 8vo (19cm); engraved frontis, (xvi), 84; frontis, (xvii), 115, (1); v, 149, (3) pp; two engraved frontispieces, four folding plates and several vignettes in the text, head and tail pieces, with a corner torn away from one of the folding plates; som contemp. underscoring to a few places in the first work; text pages generally rather toned and rear endpape chipped; full contemp. calf binding with decorative rectangular panel with corner fleurons in blind to front and back boards, spine, relaid, with edges rubbed, lacks title label at spine. Provenance: bookplate of Matthew Mackey (”June 1892”) inside the f/c, also contemp. inked sig of Joan Francis MA at head of the first titlepage. A complete and unpretentious copy of the important Laurence works, nicely preserved in a totally aposite calf binding.

The Reverend John Laurence, known as ’The Gardening Vicar’, was rector of Yelvertoft in Northamptonshire from 1700 to 1721. This series of works is based around his own achievements in reclaiming the rectory garden "of about 32 Yards square, mounded round with low Mud-Walls, quite over-run with Couch or Twitch-grass, Nettles and Goose-berry Bushes; and, which was a great deal worse, upon a wet white Clay, lying within a Foot of the Surface." The work in essence tells the story of the author's victory over this hostile environment in the form of practical advice on all aspects of the cultivation of fruit trees. First published in 1714, the work was devoted almost exclusively to the culture and training of fruit trees, and is of special historical interest, according to Henrey, for its early mention of transmission of a viruses by grafting.
Born in 1668, Laurence lived in an age when most men who worked as gardeners were, if not completely illiterate, then certainly lacking the skills to write a book on the subject. For this reason most of the early writers on horticulture were also clergyman and, as a university education was the only pathway to a life of the cloth, all those who followed this career were capable of writing a book on any subject should they see fit. By the time he was 46, in 1714, his interest in horticulture had become a passion; he encouraged his fellow clergymen to have a garden of their own, calling on his “observations and experience of above twenty years” to give details on garden design, soil preparation and which plants best suited which types of soil. “For my own part, I must own that ‘tis the best and almost only Physick I take: and if through the rigour or wetness of the season, I am denyed the benefit of my Garden for some days, and labour under indispositions; God Blessing with a warm and sun-shiny day that invites me out, soon sets me to rights again”. His biggest passion, however, was the cultivation of fruit trees; in 1714, four years after publication of ‘The Clergy-Man’s Recreation’, he published a third book on the subject in which he described what should be done in the garden each month while also suggesting that many people tended to simply copy ideas from other writers on the subject and in turn copy “their errors and mistakes, as well as their useful rules”. He firmly implies that his writings are based on his own personal experience and not on the work of others. The practical nature of Laurence's works made them extremely popular.

London : printed for Bernard Lintott, 1717-8

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You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

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