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FIVE HUNDRED POINTS OF GOOD HUSBANDRY.
London printed for the Company of Stationers 1614 - As well for the champion or open country, as also for the woodland or severall, mixed in every moneth with Huswifery, over and besides the Booke of Huswifery. Corrected, better ordered, and newly augmented to a fourth part more, with divers other lessons; as a dyet for the Farmer, of the properties of winds, plants, hops, hearbs, bees, and approved remedies for sheepe and cattle, with many other matters, both profitable, and not unpleasant for the reader. Also two Tables, one of Husbandry, and the other of Huswifery, at the end of the booke, for the better and easier finding out of any matter contained in the same. 1614. 8vo, approximately 185 x 145 mm, 7½ x 5½ inches, printed in black letter, pages 161, plus 3 pages of Tables, bound in full mottled antique panelled calf, rebacked to style, raised bands to spine, gilt lettered maroon label, new endpapers. Title page and final page worn at fore-edge with outer corners repaired, no loss of text, last leaf has outer margin strengthened, no loss of text, title page dusty, 1 page has lower outer corner tear neatly repaired, no loss of text, a few leaves have very small marginal closed tears neatly repaired with archival tape, a few corners are dusty and fragile a few corners have tips missing, some pale staining to 4 leaves, occasional small light stains, mainly to margins, brown stain to last 4 leaves, all text still legible, some top margins cropped with partial loss of running title and a few page numbers, last 5 leaves have tiny patch of worming in inner margin at top, last 3 pages of Index slightly dusty. Though only a good copy early editions are scarce. Thomas Tusser (1524?1580) was educated at Eton and at Cambridge and was best known for this instructional poem. On leaving Cambridge he went to court in the service of William, 1st Baron Paget of Beaudesart, as a musician. After ten years of life at court, he married and settled as a farmer in Suffolk. His major work was first published in 1557 as the Hundred Good Pointes of Husbandrie and this was enlarged to the Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry in 1573. Both editions were frequently reprinted. Tusser includes a homely mix of instructions and observations about farming and country customs which offer a fascinating insight into life in Tudor England, and his work records many terms and proverbs in print for the first time (eg: A fool and his money are soon parted). The work is written in verse and takes the form of a calendar with instructions to the farmer on what he should be doing in each month. In August there is a page on the gathering and storing of hops which were only introduced in the early 16th century but are here referred to as a common crop. The section on Huswifery which runs from page 119 to 138 gives instruction and advice on the daily duties of the farmer's wife. See Aslin, Books on Agriculture published between 1471 and 1840, page 132; Dingley, Historic Books on Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, page 152, No. 638; Cagle, A Matter of Taste, 1034 and 1035; Bitting, Gastronomic Bibliography, page 468; Kress Library of Business and Economics, 142 and 439; British Bee Books a Bibliography 1500-1976, pages 34-35. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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