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Tusser (Thomas) Five hundred pointes of good Husbandrie, as well for the Champion, or open countie, as also for the woodland, collation: A-Y4 Aa4 (lacking A1, blank except for signature), largely printed in black letter, woodcut title border, woodcut printer's device to final leaf, small repair to title margin, 2 small holes to N4 causing very slight loss of text, ink finger-pointers, 19th century green morocco, gilt, g.e., [STC 24380; Fussell I, pp.8-9], 4to, Imprinted at London, by Henrie Denham, dwelling in Pater noster Row, at the signe of the Starre, 1580.

⁂ "As McDonald says: 'The precepts of Tusser are excellent and show very much cool, collected sense, and at the early age in which he lived it was a grand conception of his mind to write upon agriculture in poetry.' It was unfortunate that either the instability of his purpose or his business incapacity prevented him making a success of farming, but his failure, similar to that of so many great writers on farming, left his 'writings which were long the handbook of the English country gentleman.'" (Fussell).

Provenance: Henry Huth (book ticket).

Rothamsted acquisition date 1920.

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Tusser (Thomas) Five hundred pointes of good

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