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Hill (Thomas) The Gardeners Labyrinth, 2 parts in 1, second edition, collation: A4 A-K4 chi4 L-2L4 (lacking initial leaf superscript pi), largely printed in black letter, woodcut illustration to both titles, title to part 1 also with typographic semi-border, woodcut illustrations including the 4 leaves of mazes and knots at the end of part 1, occasional soiling, early 20th century polished mottled calf, gilt, by Riviere & Son, g.e., inner gilt dentelles, [STC 13487; Fussell I, p.18; Henrey 265], small 4to, Printed at London by John Wolfe, 1586.

⁂ Written under the pseudonym "Didymus Mountain", this book is rarely found with the four leaves of woodcuts of mazes and knots, and even then these are usually severely trimmed. In this well-margined copy, only one of the woodcuts is just touched by trimming. Hill 'managed to pack into his treatises both curious learning and practical help' (Wright, Middle-Class Culture in Elizabethan England, 1935).
Rothamsted acquisition date 1925.

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Hill (Thomas) The Gardeners Labyrinth, second edition,

Estimate £4,000 - £6,000
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing