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PLAT, Hugh.
The Jewel House of Art and Nature:
London: Printed by Elizabeth Alsop, and are to be sold at her house,, 1653. Plat's "most significant book"; owned by a regicide Small quarto (185 x 141 mm). Contemporary sheep, expertly rebacked to style preserving part of original spine, red morocco label to spine, spine and covers ruled in blind, 16th/ early 17th English Bible fragment used as binding support at hinge, red speckled edges. With woodcut illustrations in text. Catalogue description dated August 1931 to front free endpaper with price notation of £14 14s. Scattered insect damage to sheep and very light wear and bumping at tips, yet the binding otherwise in excellent condition; small chip to pp. 117/118 with minor loss to text, but otherwise the contents clean and fresh, without the browning often seen. A very desirable copy. Revised edition, expanded from its first appearance in 1594 under the same title, the second overall. The "most significant book" (ODNB) of the inventor Hugh Plat (1552-1608), The Jewel House is an extraordinary handbook of experiments, recipes, and how-to-guides, ranging from the useful (putting out chimney fires, killing vermin), to the suspicious (cheating at cards, stealing beehives), to the outright bizarre (putting your hand in molten lead, holding a hot iron bar). Beyond the fantastical, there are many practical hints on cookery, husbandry, and military matters. This 1653 edition was edited by the writer on natural history Arnold Boate (1606-1653), with a dedication to the parliamentarian Bulstrode Whitelocke. It includes an additional discourse on stones (pp. 217-32), probably wri … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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