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Heresbach (Conrad) Foure Bookes of Husbandry...Conteyning the whole arte and trade of Husbandry...Newly Englished, and increased by Barnabe Googe, first edition, collation: ()4 A-Z8 t8 Aa2 (*)4 (**)4, (lacking blank leaf (**)4), largely printed in black letter, full-page armorial woodcut on title verso, one woodcut in text (verso of R4), woodcut initials and decorations, signatures (*) and (**) misbound at end, small tear in sig. I6 just touching catchword, marginal finger-posts, marginal worming to last few leaves, some light water-staining, endpapers from a 16th century English black-letter folio by Richard Grafton, contemporary limp vellum, soiled and creased, [STC 13196; British Bee Books 9; Fussell I, p.12; Westwood & Satchell pp.116-117; Goldsmiths' 193], small 4to, Printed by Richard Watkins, 1577.

⁂ The rare first edition by this Calvinist who was mentored by Erasmus. The four books cover arable farming, including harvest; gardens and orchards; cattle and other livestock, including veterinary matters; and bees, poultry and fish.

The endpapers would appear to come from either STC 7819.10 or 9427.3, both of which are recorded in a single copy only held by the BL.

Provenance: "Eliza: Lucy:" (name on front endpaper); "E.R." (initials dated August 16th, 1695 on rear endpaper)
Rothamsted acquisition date not noted.

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Heresbach (Conrad) Foure Bookes of

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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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