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THE ENGLISH HUSBANDMAN. The first part: contayning the knowledge of the true nature of euery soyle within this kingdome: how to plow it; and the manner of the plough, and other instruments belonging thereto.
London : printed by T[homas]. S[nodham]. for Iohn Browne, and are to be sould at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard, 1613. Together with the art of planting, grafting, and gardening after our latest and rarest fashion. A worke never written before by any author: and now newly compiled for the benefit of this kingdome. By G.M. FIRST EDITION OF FIRST AND SECOND PART OF BOOK I, THE SECOND BOOK WAS PUBLISHED A YEAR LATER WHICH IS NOT PRESENT. Small 4to, 180 x 140 mm, 7¼ x 5½ inches, woodcut illustrations in the text, headpieces and decorative initials, pages: [76], 1-132, Signatures: [par.]², A-I4, ²B-R4, ²S². Bound in limp vellum, old ink title to spine, large engraved bookplate of the Bridgewater Library to first pastedown and a small bookplate of book collector Boies Penrose to rear pastedown. Vellum worn and neatly repaired to outer edges of both covers, see attached image, dark strip of soiling to outer edge of title page, due to the vellum missing before the repair, small repair to top corner of last leaf, small dusty marks to top corners of last three pages, no free endpapers, small hole in 1 margin not affecting text (paper fault), pale age-browning throughout, occasional fox spot, otherwise a very good copy housed in a leather case with pull off top, with gilt title and date to spine. This copy has the variant title page with the shop address ending in Church-yard, not Fleetstreete. Chapters on agriculture, ploughing, farming machines, gardens, kitchen-gardens, nature of soil, hops, vines. fruit trees, grafting. See: ESTC S112063; F.N.L. Poynter, A Bibliography of Gervase Markham 1568-1637, pages 119-121, No. 21; Agricultural Writers by Donald McDonald, page 201; Pauline Dingley, Historic Books on Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, page 107, No. 427; Mary S. Aslin, Catalogue of the Printed Books on Agriculture, 1471-1840, page 86 listing the 1635 edition. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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