28. ABERCROMBIE, JOHN.: The Complete Kitchen Gardener, And, Hot-Bed Forcer; With the thorough practical management of Hot-Houses, Fire-Walls, and Forcing Houses, and the improved modern culture of the Pinery-Stoves, and Pine-Apples, etc. London, John Stockdale, 1789. 12mo, pp [12], 509, [1], [4, adverts], bound in contemporary sheep, sometime plainly rebacked, corners a bit worn, front free endpaper replaced, rear free endpaper lacking, minor marginal tears to half title and title with some expected signs of use nd soiling, but a good sound tight copy,

FIRST EDITION, and apparently sole printing of this significant practical account of the home cook's cottage garden of the 18th Century. From the publication of his ever popular Complete gardener in 1767 Ambercrombie, a London publican, had assumed the role of gardener for the masses, and this highly practical work provided a succinct account of growing vegetables and fruit within a limited space. £175.00

29. SMELLIE, WILLIAM.: A Collection of Cases and Observations in Midwifery. By William Smellie, M.D. To Illustrate His Former Treatise, or First Volume, on that Subject. Vol II. [ -Vol III]. London, D Wilson, and T Durham, 1754/1764. 8vo, pp xvi, 512: viii, 544, [8], 1 folding plate in volume 3 illustrating 2 organ views, bound in contemporary calf, not quite matching,one red label, rubbed and slightly worn, upper board of volume 2 detached, this volume lacking free endpapers, light browning internally else sound copies suitable for rebacking,

FIRST EDITION OF BOTH VOLUMES, comprising complete the two volumes of cases that Smellie added to his groundbreaking text book of midwifery which forms the first volume, not present here, although all volumes were issued separately. They are suitable binding copies to be added to the original work if rebacked to match and quite desirable in first edition. . £400.00

30. TAYLOR, CHARLES [EDITOR]..: A Compendium of Colors and other Materials used in the Arts dependent on design ... : including the method of drawing in chalk, crayons, etc., of painting ... of engraving in strokes, chalks, mezzotinto, aquatinta, &c., of modelling, and of sculpture [London, Charles Taylor], circa 1797 8vo, pp 224, with 3 stipple allegorical plates dated 1797, contemporary half calf, worn with both boards detached, occasional soiling and marginal stains commensurate with use, one clean tear repaired with no loss, with early pencil notes in margins of some sections, undertandbly well-sued for a practical handbook of this sort, yet still a tight sound copy,

'SEVENTH' EDITION, according to printers' catchword, issued as part 2 of Taylor's Artists' Repository, a part publication which was issued several times and various formats, this 'Compendium of Colors' often a separate volume, with or without allegorical plates according to the edition. These vary somewhat in content and only indication of date for this one is 1797 on the plates. The extent of use of this copy - which is, nevertheless quite complete - indicates the practical value of the work to the late 18th Century amateur artist, in both purchasing and preparing colours for watercolour, oils, and other uses. It remains a valuable source of information on the subject more detailed than earlier accounts of the colouring process. With the stamped ownership of T B Uttermare, a rich landowner of Goose Bradon, South Somerset. £150.00