Descriptions and Sketches of some remarkable Oaks, in the Park at Welbeck, in the County of Nottingham, a Seat of His Grace the Duke of Portland. To which are added, Observations on the Age and Durability of that Tree. With Remarks on the annual Growth of the Acorn …

London, Printed by J. Nichols, for the Author: and sold by B. White and Son … and J. Robson … 1790.

4to, pp. 23, [1], with 10 fine mezzotint plates by W. Ellis after drawings by Rooke; some dust-soiling and light offsetting from the plates; uncut in recent calf-backed boards, spine label lettered gilt.


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First edition. The park surrounding Welbeck Abbey had always been famed for its oaks (Wren used their timber in the roof of St Paul’s), reckoned to be the largest in Nottinghamshire. Major Rooke (c.1723-1806), a local antiquary, here describes and depicts these magnificent trees, including the famous Greendale Oak, ‘thought to be above seven hundred years old’ (p. 9), which in 1724 had a coach-sized arch cut through the trunk after the first Duke of Portland bet the Earl of Oxford that he could drive a horse and carriage through it.

Henrey 1278.

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