The Oak Spring Garden Library, Volume 2: An Oak Spring Pomona

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Oak Spring Garden Library comprises Rachel Lambert Mellon's celebrated collection of rare books, manuscripts, works of art, and related artifacts concerning gardens, gardening, landscape design, horticulture, and botany. Oak Spring Garden Library comprises Rachel Lambert Mellon's celebrated collection of rare books, manuscripts, works of art, and related artifacts concerning gardens, gardening, landscape design, horticulture, and botany. Conserved at Upperville, Virginia, in a striking library designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in consultation with Rachel Mellon, the collection is both a unique historical archive and a day-to-day working resource. Among Rachel Mellon's own contributions to the art of garden design are the Rose Garden and Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C. Her honors include the Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Royal Horticultural Society's Veitch Gold Medal, and the American Horticultural Society Landscape Design Award, and recently she has been recognized for her assistance during the restoration of the Potager du Roi at Versailles. The cloth-bound catalogues that describe the holdings of the Oak Spring Garden Library are printed on acid-free paper and are designed, printed, and bound to the highest standards. Each volume is richly illustrated with duotone and color images.
An Oak Spring Sylva: A Selection of the Rare Books on Trees (1989)
An Oak Spring Pomona: A Selection of the Rare Books on Fruit (1990)
An Oak Spring Flora: Flower Illustration from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Time (1997)
An Oak Spring Hortus: Garden Design in the West since the Renaissance (forthcoming)
An Oak Spring Flora Mundi: Regional Floras and Travels (forthcoming)
An Oak Spring Herbaria: Herbs and Herbals in Western Culture (forthcoming)
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Editorial Reviews

Christopher L. Ridgway
The Oak Spring publishing programme is designed in part as a way of championing the wisdom and knowledge of the old gardening masters .... These Oak Spring publications, by experts in their field, provide a valuable introduction to the literature of garden history, cultivation and practical technique, introducing readers to a host of intriguing books that can usually be found only in special collections in institutions .... Inspired by her own experience, [Rachel Mellon] keenly (and rightly) believes that these scarce volumes &#151Old Masters of the gardening world &#151have much to teach the gardeners and historians of today.—Country Life
An exquisite example of bookmaking, this discursive catalog of 100 treasures ... [o]ffers illustrations taken from some of the most beautiful books on the subject.
Keith Crotz
This tasteful mix of bibliography and history is easy to read and very interesting. Authors, illustrators and their times come alive. There are first-hand accounts from contemporaries describing the orchards they visit, how the trees are arranged, and the mode of cultivation....An Oak Spring Pomona is abundantly illustrated; there are 170 images, fully 65 of which are in color. The illustrations are not just images, but reflect the tools used to grow the trees, methods of pruning and grafting, trellis and wall training, and plans for the orchards and grounds described. The careful reader will acquire tips for cultivating fruit in small spaces, along walls, and in hot houses. Much of the information presented on cultivation techniques from these historic books has been forgotten and Pomona offers them eagerly. An Oak Spring Pomona captures the emotions and tastes of the past and presents them to us in an effort to preserve times of beauty, knowledge, and appreciation.— American Horticulturist
Print Collectors Newsletter
Reproductions from rare volumes on fruit cultivation in the collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon are paired once again with Raphael's informative commentary ....This is another exquisite Oak Spring effort. Luckily, there are still more to come.
Rudolf Schmid
Exquisitely figured with 70 color plates and 100 B&W illustrations, this splendid work honors Pomona, the Roman goddess of orchards and gardens. This sequel to Raphael's An Oak Spring Sylva ... treats 100 works on fruit.... Both books are beautifully executed bibliographic and bibliophilic gems....All items in this exemplary series have ... a detailed introduction and for each work described a bibliographic summary and background historical essay.—Taxon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300049367
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Series: Oak Spring Garden Foundation Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,444,375
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 11.67 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface by Rachel Lambert Mellon
Descriptive Method
FRUIT IN FRANCE AND BRITAIN, I, The Seventeenth Century: La Quintinie, Bonnefons, Mascall, Austen, Drope, Cotton, Triquel, Merlet, Saint Etienne, Lawson, Langford, The Compleat Planter & Cyderist, The Art of Pruning, Fatio de Duillier
FRUIT IN FRANCE AND BRITAIN, II, The Early Eighteenth Century: Liger, Laurence, 'Evelyn,' Collins, Switzer, Langley, Hitt, La Riviere and du Moulin, Furber
FRUIT IN FRANCE AND BRITAIN, III, Duhamel and After: Duhamel, Poiteau, Le Berryais, Abercrombie, Preston, Huerne, Parry, Forsyth, Major, Henderson, Brookshaw, Hooker, Noisette, Lindley, Le Panier de Fruit, Malo
FRUIT ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE: Bussato, Knoop, Kraft, Mayer, Gallesio, Bivort
FRUIT IN AMERICA: Forsyth, Cobbett, Coxe, Manning, Hoffy, Downing, Hovey, Cole, Nurserymen's Plates
CITRUS FRUIT: Ferrari, Commelin, Sterbeeck, Morin, Munari, Volkamer, Gallesio, Michel, Risso and Poiteau
APPLES AND PEARS: Lawrence and Beale, Worlidge, Philips, Knight, Ronalds, Hogg and Bull, Dietzsch, Field, The Illustrated Pear Culturist
PEACHES AND SOFT FRUIT: Combles, Browne, Haynes, Thory, White
GRAPES: Essays...1716, The Vineyard, Locke, Speechly, Kerner, Prince
MELONS: Jacquin
TROPICAL FRUIT: Giles, Speechly, Abercrombie
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