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Breuil, Alphonse du

The Scientific and Profitable Culture of Fruit Trees

  • English language translation of a treatise on fruit trees by the French horticulturist Alphonse du Breuil (1811-1890). Du Breuil wrote several books on fruit trees that became standard references in France, particularly in universities. He was responsible for “making ‘tree culture’ (or arboriculture) a separate discipline. For the first time, his book described not only fruit trees and their classification (pomology) but also the concept of tree culture as the interaction of external soil and climate conditions... whose influence can be seen often at the level of a single species, as the outcome of knowledge and direct observation. He studied trees not only as the producer of fruit but also for their other functions (wood and ornamentation)... He understood the importance of trees for ecology, their positive influence on the environment and their contributions to the health and wellbeing of mankind” (Dixon, Horticulture, p. 1287).

  • ...including Choice of Trees, Planting, Grafting, Training, Restoration of Unfruitful Trees, Gathering and Preservation of Fruit, etc. With 191 Engravings. Adapted for English Cultivators by William Wardle. London: William Wesley, [1862].

    Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and tree design to spine gilt, grey coated endpapers. Engravings throughout the text. Contemporary armourial bookplate, book ticket, and ownership inscription of Rev. George Davenport of Foxley, Hereford.

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