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Periodical.- Houghton (John) A Collection of Letters for the Improvement of Husbandry and Trade, 2 vol. in 1, comprising vol.1, numbers 1-15 and vol.2, numbers 1-6 [all published], both vol. with a general title, occasional browning, a little heavier to vol.2, bookplate of Frederick Hendriks with ink note by Hendriks to pastedown, 2 A.L.s. from Professor Herbert Foxwell regarding the scarcity and importance of this volume, tipped in on front free endpaper, front free endpaper detached, contemporary calf, upper cover becoming loose, [Fussell pp.81-81; Goldsmiths' 37365; Kress 1538], small 4to, Printed for John Lawrence At the Angel in Cornhill near the Royal Exchange [and] Printed by J. Gain for the Author John Houghton, and is to sold at his House, against the Ship-Tavern in St.Bartholomew-Lane, 1681-1683 [i.e. 1684].

⁂ The first trade & agriculture periodical in England. Rare. We can trace only two other complete sets at auction. Includes issues on Ireland, the Plague of 1665, the East-India Company and lists of goods imported and exported. Houghton was an apothecary and dealer in tea, coffee and chocolate. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a friend of Edmund Halley.

Professor Herbert Foxwell (1849-1936), political economist and bibliophile.

Provenance: Frederick Hendriks (1827-1909, statistician and collector); Rothamsted acquisition date 1915.

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Periodical.- Houghton (John) A Collection of Letters

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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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