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Prudent le Choyselat. A Discourse of Housebandrie. No lesse profitable then delectable, second English edition, collation: A-D4, largely printed in black letter, woodcut device on title, woodcut initials and decorations, upper edge trimmed with slight loss to first two words on title and some other leaves, mostly headlines, stains to first half dozen leaves, some light foxing, later calf, gilt, very slightly rubbed, [STC 20453; Fussell I, p.10], 4to, Imprinted at London by Jhon Kyngston, for Myles Jennynges dwellyng in S. Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Bible, 1580.

⁂ Excessively rare. Auction records show only one copy of the first edition (1970) and none of this, which appeared three years later. A note on the front free endpaper by Williamson of Quaritch, who was instrumental in providing many of the early printed rarities to the Lawes Library, states "Very scarce, the only copy I have known for sale, a very valuable book." ESTC locates copies in BL and Harvard only, in addition to this one.

Provenance: William Forsyth (name on verso of title, dated 1810); Harrison Weir, animal painter and author (name and address, dated 1890, on front free endpaper).
Rothamsted acquisition date 1915.

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Prudent le Choyselat () A Discourse of Housebandrie. No

Estimate £3,000 - £4,000
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing