London: Printed by B. Bensley, Andover, and Published by the Author, 183, Fleet Street. 1829. First Edition, First Impression. Original Boards. Octavo, publisher's original buff boards with green cloth spine, printed paper title label on spine panel bearing the price "6s". Unpaginated [240 leaves, 480 pp], 8 plates, some full page but most small vignettes, Index at rear. Untrimmed. A FINE PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR'S SON INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR PRIOR TO PUBLICATION "To Mrs. Martin, from her sincere friend and devoted servant, John M. Cobbett, Kensington, 21. August, 1828." Some leaves mildly browned, boards mildly rubbed, light wear to cloth at spine tips and a slight vertical crease to the spine, but an absolutely remarkable copy, wonderfully preserved uncut in its original boards, with a fine family inscription from the author's son, who later went into politics like his father (both were members of Parliament for Oldham). William Cobbett died in 1835, and in his later years his Cobbett's faculties were impaired by age; perhaps this explains the close but non-authorial inscription. Very Good. Item #311604
¶ An excellent copy of the most important English gardening book of the early 19th century.