Cordon training of fruit trees. Diagonal, vertical, spiral, horizontal. Adapted to the orchard-house and open-air culture.

London, Longman Green, Longman and Roberts, 1860.

12mo, pp.[6], 119, [1], with eight plates and a frontispiece; upper edge a little dusty, else a very good copy in the original publisher’s embossed green cloth, spine gilt, chipped at head and foot.

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First edition. Thoughtfully dedicated to ‘persons of moderate incomes,’ this brief guide intends to help any man become his own gardener and the proud possessor of a fruitful orchard, using the cordon method to ensure bumper crops even when space is at a premium. Bréhaut’s advice on how to create and manage cordons covers techniques for planting and pruning, as well as a list of varieties suitable for very specific circumstances, i.e. indoors, or within a very restricted area.

The plates provide clear illustrations of cordoning techniques, while the frontispiece demonstrates the layout of a 12-foot high wall of cordoned peaches.

Bréhaut was an enthusiastic fruit gardener, and this is one of several books he penned on the subject.

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