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[?Clerk (Sir John, of Penicuik, first baronet, landowner and coal owner, 1649/50-1722)] Ane Compendious sistem of the noblest pairts of Agriculture... The Discovery of the noblest pairts of Agriculture... Collected off many authors and partly practised by I.C. [?J. Clerk]... Rustick Kalendar, manuscript, 2 titles (second with pen and ink decoration) and c. 280pp. and 5pp. index excluding blanks, 38 (6 folding) pen and ink drawings of gardens, fountains, agricultural practices and implements etc., ruled in red throughout, some offsetting from drawings, a few small stains at tail, slightly browned, old bookseller's description on front free endpaper (with pencil inscription "£10 - 1 00 Thorp"), part engraved title of a 17th century French work on front pastedown and engraved illustration loose, original reversed calf, rubbed, label on spine, head of spine chipped, g.e., 8vo, Newbiging [Newbigging], 26th November 1671.

⁂ A very fine manuscript compendium of agricultural practices written by a landowner deeply interested in the exploitation of landed estates.

"Clerk was a traditional landowner, but he was also an exponent of new agricultural organization and techniques, notably the consolidation of landholdings, soil improvements, and the commutation of payments in kind to money rents." - Oxford DNB.

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[?Clerk (Sir John, of Penicuik, first baronet,

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 9:30 AM UTC
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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