1755 · London
From the Preface: "The catalogue of fruits is not indeed so large as some others; but it contains a sufficient number of good sorts for any small garden. The descriptions of their shapes, colours, &c. I have not copied from other authors, but drawn them faithfully from the several fruits in perfection. Almost all the sorts are now under my care, at Bloxholme in Lincolnshire, the seat of the right honourable Lord Robert Manners: and at Belvoir-Castle." Among the topics of detailed discussion are Almonds, Apricots, Barberries, Blossoms preserved from Frosts, Blossoms of grapes, Caterpillars, Cherries, Currants, Dung, Dwarf-trees, Goofberries, Grapes, Mulberries, Nectarines, Orchards, Pears, plums, cherries, &c., Pruning a peach of different ages, Soils proper for fruit trees, Vines, Wasps and flies, Walnuts, and much more.
Fussell ("More Old English Farming Books 1731-1793, no. 30) describes Hitt's "Treatise on Fruit Trees" as being "occasioned and promoted by several gentlemen who liked to spend some time in their gardens. It contains a catalogue of fruit, directions for draining, burning clay, manuring, all the arts of pruning, describes walls and wall-fruit, and instructs the nurseryman how to pack trees for transport. It also contains a list of instruments required by a dresser of fruit-trees. Johnson waxes eloquent in its praise. It seemed to him the result of long experience and decidedly one of our best practical works upon the art of training trees."
ESTC T113052. Henrey 847. (Inventory #: 1720)