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Heresbach (Conrad) Foure Bookes of Husbandrie, collation: ()4 (*)4 (**)4 A-Z8 et8 Aa2 (with blank leaf (**)4 present, several preliminary leaves misbound), largely printed in black letter, woodcut decorations on title, full-page woodcut arms on verso, woodcut illustration on R4 verso, printer's device on verso of final leaf, decorations and initials, top edge trimmed close, occasionally affecting headline, small tear in et7 into headline, another short tear in M2 just missing side-note, title lightly soiled, slight staining and foxing to last few leaves, a few ink annotations, 19th century vellum boards, soiled, [STC 13197], small 4to, Printed for John Wight, 1578.

⁂ Second edition of what Fussell calls a "comprehensive work", published a year after the first. "This work, written in the form of a discussion between four persons, aims at collecting all the available information from classical and Biblical sources, and adding to that the information that more modern writers had gleaned, together with the experience of various friends of the author, who may have been practical farmers as he claims, although several of them seem to have been primarily soldiers who held various government posts." (Fussell)

Provenance: "My Neigh...David Lampe..." (contemporary inscription to title, trimmed with loss).
Rothamsted acquisition date 1925.

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Heresbach (Conrad) Foure Bookes of Husbandrie, Printed

Estimate £1,500 - £2,000
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing