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Xenophon. Xenophons treatise of householde, collation: A-H8, printed entirely in black letter except "To the reader" on title-verso in Roman, title within architectural woodcut border, woodcut initial, lower half of colophon leaf H8 cut away but no loss of text, [STC 26069], Imprinted at London in Flete-strete, by Thomas Berthelet printer to the kynges most noble grace, 1532; bound with Fitzherbert (John) The Boke of Husbandry, collation: A6 B-M8 N2, printed entirely in black letter, title within same woodcut architectural border as first work, woodcut initial, E4 torn with slight loss of text, I2 torn at inner margin just touching text, several leaves towards end with passages inked out and some early annotations/corrections, some light water-staining, [STC 10995.5], Imprinted at London in fletestrete in the house of Thomas Berthelet, nere to the condite at the sygne of Lucrece, [?1533], together 2 works in 1, stubs of a medieval manuscript on vellum at rear, early 17th century panelled calf, rubbed, small worm-hole to lower cover, extremities worn, 8vo

⁂ Two rare early English agricultural books, the second printed 10 years after Pynson's first edition of 1523 and probably the first reprint issued by Berthelet. ESTC locates 4 copies of the first work, including this one; and 7 copies of the second work, again including this one. Auction records show infrequent appearances of both works on the market, but none as early as either of these.

Provenance: Henry Hills (partially erased signature to front free endpaper); John Martin of Harbrough (inscription to front free endpaper with two dates, one partially obscured, the other 1700); Colonel & Mrs Forbes Leith of Whitehaugh (early 20th century bookplate). Other contemporary annotations to rear free endpaper crossed out and indecipherable.
Rothamsted acquisition date 1930.

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Xenophon. Xenophons treatise of householde , Imprinted

Estimate £2,000 - £3,000
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London, UK
Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing