Sylva, Vol. 1

John Evelyn

Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2), by John Evelyn

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Title: Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) Or A Discource of Forest Trees
Author: John Evelyn
Commentator: John Nisbet
Release Date: March 8, 2007 [EBook #20778]
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The spelling and punctuation in the original are idiosyncratic and inconsistent. No changes have been made except as explicitly noted at the end of this etext.
Greek has been transliterated and surrounded with ++: +Theos hylikos+. {oe} ligatures have been unpacked. The ounce sign is represented by {oz}.}

SYLVA: OR A DISCOURSE OF FOREST TREES & THE PROPAGATION OF TIMBER V O L U M E O N E

{Illustration: John Evelyn From the engraving by R. Nanteuil}

S Y L V A
OR A DISCOURSE OF FOREST TREES: BY JOHN EVELYN F.R.S. WITH AN ESSAY ON THE LIFE AND WORKS OF THE AUTHOR BY JOHN NISBET D.OEc.
A REPRINT OF THE FOURTH EDITION IN TWO VOLUMES
VOLUME ONE
LONDON: PUBLISHED BY ARTHUR DOUBLEDAY & COMPANY LIMITED AT 8 YORK BUILDINGS ADELPHI

CONTENTS.
VOLUME I.
Introduction page ix Title Page of 4th Edition " lxxiii To the King " lxxv To the Reader " lxxvii Advertisement " xcix Books published by the Author " ci Amico carissimo " cii Nobilissimo Viro " ciii +EIS TN TOU PATROS DENDROLOGIAN+ " cvi The Garden.--To J. Evelyn, Esq. " cvii
BOOK I.
CHAPTER I.
Of the Earth, Soil, Seed, Air, and Water " 1 " II. Of the Seminary and of Transplanting " 12 " III. Of the Oak " 30 " IV. Of the Elm " 62 " V. Of the Beech " 75 " VI. Of the Horn-beam " 81 " VII. Of the Ash " 86 " VIII. Of the Chesnut " 94 " IX. Of the Wallnut " 101 " X. Of the Service, and black cherry-tree " 111 " XI. Of the Maple " 115 " XII. Of the Sycomor " 121 " XIII. Of the Lime-Tree " 122 " XIV. Of the Poplar, Aspen, and Abele " 128 " XV. Of the Quick-Beam " 134 " XVI. Of the Hasel " 136 " XVII. Of the Birch " 140 " XVIII. Of the Alder " 155 " XIX. Of the Withy, Sallow, Ozier, and Willow " 159 " XX. Of Fences, Quick-sets, &c. " 175
BOOK II.
CHAPTER I.
Of the Mulberry " 203 " II. Of the Platanus, Lotus, Cornus, Acacia, &c. " 214 " III. Of the Fir, Pine, Pinaster, Pitch-tree, Larsh, and Subterranean trees " 220 " IV. Of the Cedar, Juniper, Cypress, Savine, Thuya, &c. " 253 " V. Of the Cork, Ilex, Alaternus, Celastrus, Ligustrum, Philyrea, Myrtil, Lentiscus, Olive, Granade, Syring, Jasmine and other Exoticks " 282 " VI. Of the Arbutus, Box, Yew, Holly, Pyracanth, Laurel, Bay, &c. " 293 " VII. Of the infirmities of trees, &c. " 314
VOLUME II.
BOOK III.
CHAPTER I.
Of Copp'ces page 1 " II. Of Pruning " 8 " III. Of the Age, Stature, and Felling of Trees " 24 " IV. Of Timber, the Seasoning and Uses, and of Fuel " 80 " V. Aphorisms, or certain General Precepts of use to the foregoing Chapters " 130 " VI. Of the Laws and Statutes for the Preservation and Improvement of Woods and Forests " 138 " VII. The paraenesis and conclusion, containing some encouragements and proposals for the planting and improvement of his Majesty's forests, and other amunities for shade, and ornament " 157
BOOK IV.
An historical account of the sacredness and use of standing groves, &c. " 205
Renati Rapini " 269

INTRODUCTION.
I
Evelyn & his literary contemporaries Isaac Walton & Samuel Pepys.
Among the prose writers of the second half of the seventeenth century John Evelyn holds a very distinguished position. The age of the Restoration and the Revolution is indeed rich in many names that have won for themselves an enduring place in the history of English literature. South, Tillotson, and Barrow among theologians, Newton in mathematical science, Locke and Bentley in philosophy and classical learning, Clarendon and Burnet in history, L'Estrange, Butler, Marvell and Dryden in miscellaneous prose, and Temple as an essayist, have all made their mark by prose writings which will endure for all time. But the names which stand out most prominently in popular
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