The North America Sylva; Or, a Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia. to Which Is Added a Description of the Most Useful of the European Forest Trees, Illustrated by 156 Engravings Volume 2

The North America Sylva; Or, a Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia. to Which Is Added a Description of the Most Useful of the European Forest Trees, Illustrated by 156 Engravings Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ...ground, they w ould decay more rapidly than the Locust. This invaluable property of durability, which is possessed by the Locust in a degree far superior to that of any other tree except the Red Mulberry, sufficiently indicates the purposes to which it may be advantageously applied: but in the United States its use is limited to the objects which I have enumerated, and it is through mistake that it has been said to be employed for staves and hoops, and for composing hedges. From the hardness of the Locust wood when season ed, from the fineness of its grain and its lustre when polished, it has been, for ten years, extensively substituted by turners for the Box in many species of light work, such as salt-cellars, sugar-bowls, candlesticks, spoons and forks for sallad, boxes, and many othe.r trifling objects which are carefully wrought into pleasing shapes, and sold at low prices. The rapid growth of the Locust was early remarked by the inhabitants of the United States.; for this is an inestimable quality in a tree whose wood unites so many excellencies. This consideration has induced many persons to plant.it in those parts of the country where it does not naturally grow, particularly in the lower part of the States lying east of the river Delaware. Thus between New York and Boston, a distance of nearly 3oo miles, it is seen at intervals growing before the farmhouses, and sometimes by the side of the fences: but perhaps not one proprietor in a hundred has adopted this useful measure. On Long Island, near the west end of which lies the city of New York, the forests were in a great measure destroyed in the war of Independance, and many persons have successfully adopted the cultivation of the Locust on an extensive scale: but these plantations...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236753518
  • 9781236753519