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Crescentiis (Petrus de) Von dem nutz der ding die in Aeckeren gebuwe werdt, collation: a-z6 A-E6 F8 (complete with final blank), printed in gothic letter, title in red and black, full-page woodcut on verso of a6 depicting the Creation, the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Garden of Eden etc, very many woodcut illustrations, all woodcuts coloured by a contemporary hand, woodcut initials, first gathering with some worming and fraying to margins repaired (no loss of text), lower corner of b1 torn away and restored with loss to several words of text on both sides, a couple of other tears just into text, some foxing and soiling, early ink annotations in red on title, Strassburg, Johann Schott for Johann Knobloch & Paul Goetz, 1518; bound with Columella and Palladius. Das Aeckerwerck, translated by Michael Herr, collation: A-Z6 a-b6 c4 d-n6 o8 (complete with blank leaf A6), printed in gothic letter, woodcut device on verso of final leaf, a few woodcut illustrations and diagrams, woodcut gothic initials, tear through half of B4, some foxing and marginal staining, Strassburg, Wendelin I. Rihel, 1538, together 2 works in 1, contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, soiled and slightly stained, clasps intact, corners worn, folio (293 x 200mm.)

⁂ The first work is the fourth edition of Crescentiis in German and is illustrated with over 250 woodcuts (some repeats), about half of which are of plants and the remainder depict a variety of agricultural activities, including an excellent series on viticulture and wine-making. The edition appears occasionally at auction but this is the only copy we can trace in which all the woodcuts are fully coloured. The second work is rare and comprises the first German edition of two of the works of the Scriptores Rei Rusticae.

Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1928.
Literature: 1st work: IA 146.745; Lindner 11.0405.04; Nissen BBI 425; Simon BG 407; Simon BB II 170; VD16 P1835; 2nd work: VD 16 C 4621; Ritter 561; Muller 397.31.

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Crescentiis (Petrus de) Von dem nutz der ding die in

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing