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4.0 out of 5 stars More, please, 22 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Directions for the Gardiner and Other Horticultural Advice (Hardcover)
He knew his stuff (Watering, Dunging, Weeding, Howing (stet), Rolling) even if it wasn't his own sleeves that were rolled up. Evelyn, our second diarist after (a long way after) Pepys, unless you count Boswell, whose journals were only unearthed in the last century and whom the Scots might wish to claim as their own, wrote much, all besides the journal strictly 'useful' in character. (And even diaries are not without utility.) This gorgeous, nay sumptuous edition, everything you might hope for from Oxford on a good day (Acetaria - the first book, ever, on salad! - is my favourite), does not show us the whole man; though as Virginia Woolf complained, with the exception of a loved child lost in infancy he never vouchsafed 'the secrets of his heart'. Fumifugium, or The Inconveniencie of the Aer and Smoak of London Dissipated, is available in another form, but his Memoirs for my Grandson have not been reprinted since 1926. Time for a new Greatest Hits?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Directions for the Gardiner, 6 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Directions for the Gardiner and Other Horticultural Advice (Hardcover)
Exactly as I expected. A most valuable book even after 350 years. I have already used it in my research and expect to use it even more in future.
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