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Systema agriculturæ; the mystery of husbandry discovered . . . To which is added Kalendarium rusticum: or, The husbandmans monthly directions. . . . And Dictionarium rusticum: or, The interpretation of rustick terms
London: printed by J[ames].C[ottrell]. for Thomas Dring, at the Harrow at the corner of Chancery-Lane in Fleetstreet, 1675. Early Reprint. Fine. "The second edition [first edition, 1669] carefully corrected and amended, with many large and useful additions throughout the whole work." Folio: [36],324,[4]pp, with additional engraved title page signed: F H Van Hove Scul, preceded by "An explanation of the frontispiece" in verse, several woodcuts in text. Both Kalendarium rusticum and Dictionarium rusticum have separate title pages, dated 1675. Beautifully bound to style by Fitterer in full speckled brown calf, spine divided into six compartments by raised bands ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering piece gilt, covers framed in gilt with circular devices at corners, marbled end papers. "Elizabeth Moore / 1680" in manuscript to first original blank. An excellent copy in fine binding, small wormhole to lower margin (not affecting text) of final pages, occasional spotting. ESTC R225414 (incorrectly identifying this imprint as Wing 3599). Goldsmiths 2107. Westwood & Satchell, pp. 204-05. Worlidge was a popular and influential writer on husbandry and rural crafts, his books generally appearing under the name J. W. Gent. This treatise was the "first systematic and comprehensive treatment of arable and livestock husbandry. It displayed Worlidge's familiarity with earlier authors on these subjects, to which he had made worthwhile additions, and it went through five editions before being supplanted by the numerous agricultural reference books of the eighteenth century." (ODNB) Topics touched upon include sowing, manuring, fruits, cattle, fowl, beasts, bees, and silkworms; improving of all sorts of gardens, orchards, meadows, pastures, corn-lands, woods and coppices. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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