Evelyn, John. Silva: Or, A Discourse of Forest-Trees, and the Propogation of Timber in his Majesty’s Dominions. In 2 vols. [1786].

Evelyn, John. Silva: Or, A Discourse of Forest-Trees, and the Propogation of Timber in his Majesty’s Dominions: As it was delivered in the Royal Society On the 15th of October, 1662, Upon Occasion of certain Quæries proponded to that illustrious Assembly, by the Honourable the Principal Officers and Commissioners of the Navy. Together With an Historical Account of the Sacredness and Use of Standing Groves. By John Evelyn, Esq.; Fellow of the Royal Society. With Notes by A[lexander]. Hunter, MD, FRS. A New Edition. To which is added the Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth. York: Printed by A. Ward for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall; T. Cadell, in the Strand; J. Robson, New Bond-street; and R. Baldwin, Pater-noster-Row, London; J. Todd, York. MDCCLXXXVI. In Two volumes. Royal Quarto. Volume I: Full page frontis. portrait engraving of the author by F[rancesco]. Bartolozzi, del & sculp, dated 1776, (3)pp. Preface, (13)pp. The Life of John Evelyn by A. Hunter, (3)pp. Dedication, (16)pp. Advertisement (or glossary of terms), followed by quotation in Greek of___, text in Latin throughout, 311pp. text printed in wide margins, 41 full page detailed engraved plates of trees, printed notes in margins, tables, (3)pp. folding plate Explanatory Table of the Parts of Fructification of the different Species of Trees described in the Silva, (9)pp. Index. Volume II: “Dendrologia.” 343pp., Chapter VII being “Of the Infirmity of Trees, &c.,” (3)pp. folding engraved plate of “A Winter View of the Cawthorpe Oak,” by J[ohn]. M[iller]; includes much detailed information, discussion and measurements of very old and revered trees; (4)pps. of engraved plates and views of “The Green Dale Oak near Welbeck,” by S[amuel]. H[ieronymous]. Grimm, del & sculp, and another by Thos. Vivares and A. Rook[er], dated 1775, followed by (3)pp. folding plate Explanatory Table of the Parts of Fructification of the different Species of Trees described in the Silva, (9)pp. Index. Followed by and bound with, Terra: A Philosophical Discourse of Earth. York: Printed by A. Ward for J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall; T. Cadell, in the Strand; J. Robson, New Bond-street; and R. Baldwin, Pater-noster-Row, London; J. Todd, York. MDCCLXXXVI. Preface, Dedication to J.E. by {William} Brounker, followed by Dedication to Brounker by J.E., 74pp., full page sepia-tone engraved plate “The Tartarian Lamb” by J[oseph]. Halfpenny del, and Baronetti sculp, (3)pp. folding plate A Table of Sands and A Table of Clays, (4)pp. Index. Quarter brown pigskin over brown tree-calf over heavy bds., gilt lettering & decoration on spine (oakleaves), 5 raised bands. Re-backed circa mid-century (20th) with like  endpapers & paste-downs. Corners and covers lightly scuffed, light foxing scattered over a few pages, minor archival repairs to a few leaves, not affecting text nor engravings, else tight, bright, Generally Good. A beautiful set of this important work.