1776 · York:
"John Evelyn …, another of the early Fellows of the Royal Society, was responsible for the first important book to be published in this country on forest trees." (p. 101). "Seventy years after Evelyn's death a new edition of Sylva was published, with extensive notes by Dr. Alexander Hunter of York. Four further editions of this were issued in 1786, 1801, 1812, and 1825 respectively.
There can be little doubt that, throughout the period covered by the present History, no other work on arboriculture exerted a greater influence on forestry in this country than Evelyn's Sylva, and certainly no other book on the subject was so often quoted." (p. 108.) "Hunter's 're-publication of the Sylva revived the ardour which the first edition had excited…" (p.110). "The Hunter edition of Sylva (spelt Silva), a handsome quarto volume with extensive notes to bring it up to date and illustrated with a number of whole-page engravings, was published by private subscription, and the long list of several hundreds of subscribers indicates the wide interest in the work by persons and institutions . . . The numerous whole-page illustrations depicting the foliage, flower, and fruit of the trees described are drawn and engraved by John Miller, otherwise Johann Sebastian Miller, the noted eighteenth-century botanical draughtsman and engraver. The excellence of these figures resulted in their being used to illustrate later works on silvi-culture, even up to the present day…" (p. 111) – Henrey, vol. I.
PROVENANCE: Henry J. Baxter, Norwich was born in 1851, his mother named Harriet Butterfaul. Roger Heynes Hardwicke, M.R.C.S., born in Devon Nov, 21 1815, baptized 1816, the sixth son of William Hardwicke of Diamond Hall, lived in Saxlingham, Norfolk Co., married Eleanor Murray Hardwicke in 1843. In 1857 he has the title of surgeon. His residence was at Hill House. His name shows up related to medicine in various medical journals, usually without "Roger". In 1848 he is listed as surgeon to the Depwade Union. His title was Medical Officer of Health for Guiltcross. They had a daughter (who died young) and two sons. See: The Reliquary and Illustrated Archaeologist,: A Quarterly . . . London: Bemrose & Sons, 1883, vol. XXIII, pp. 238-39.
DNB; Geoffrey Keynes, John Evelyn: a Study in Bibliophily, with a Bibliography of His Writings, Oxford, (1968), 47; Blanche Henrey, British Botanical and Horticultural Literature, London, (1975), 137; Nissen BBI 615. (Inventory #: S13106)