An Essay upon Gardening: containing a catalogue of exotic plants for the stoves and green-houses of the British gardens: the best method of planting the hot-house vine; with directions for obtaining and preparing proper earths and compositions, to preserve tender exotics observations on the history of gardening, and a contrast of the ancient with the modern taste
York for the author by G Peacock..., J. Robson ..., T. and J. Egerton ..., J. Johnson ..., and J. Todd 1793
xxii, [ii], [i], 102  3 plates folded with descriptive letter press. 4to 270x210mm. Rebound in half calf by designer binder Chrisopher Shaw. Gilt lettering, red label, marbled boards. [Henrey 1384] Written by Steele, noted as late of Thirsk, but now of Sionhill, (near Thirsk) in the County of York. Subscription volume with 275 subscribers and dedicated to Henry Duncombe of Duncombe Park. The illustrations at the end are by William Atikinson of York who took over the architectural practice of John Carr. The lists of plants suggest that Steele may have been a nurseryman as well as a gardener. Sion Hill is now known as a house designed by the architect Walter Brierley at Kirby Wiske. Sion Hill was also known Kirby Lodge at the end of the 18th century. The book was reviewed in the Monthly Review 1793. vol XI "Mr Steele has prepared for his brethren two full catalogues of exotics, the one of abiding plants, the other of annuals & perennials.... we think however that his subjects might have been more connected, had he thrown the whole matter into the form of a dictionary". On the other hand this book is a wonderful catalogue improved by the green house designs illustrated. From the Rothamsted collection.