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Certaine Experiments Concerning Fish and Fruite
William Ponsonby, London, 1600. First Edition. Taverner's rare treatise on aquaculture, fish behavior and the growing of fruit trees. Lacking the title page (provided in facsimile) and the preface. It begins at Aiiii, "To the reader", though it has one original blank (Ai). Mostly in black letter, (ii), 1-38. light hand soiling, age toning and occasional minor stains, but generally clean. Disbound, housed in a cloth chemise. Small quarto (7 1/8" high).& & Taverner's observations of nymphs and maturing flies, and their relationship to fishing, were ahead of Walton, Markham, Barker and others writing 50 years or more later. Entomological observations the likes of Taverner's weren't to appear in print until Cotton's additions to The Compleat Angler in 1676. & & His work on aquaculture is the first known comprehensive paper on the management of carp, bream, trench, and perch in ponds (not to mention eels, the breeding of which he deems "very uncertain and unknown", though he discusses them at length). The section on fruit trees, like the work as a whole, is remarkable for its reliance on first hand experience rather than classical authors.& & Bibliotheca Piscatoria 205, Graesse 42 Size: Quarto (4to). Text is clean and unmarked. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Fishing & Hunting; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 039883. .
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