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Livestock.- Mascall (Leonard) The first booke of Cattell, 3 parts in 1, first edition, collation: A2 B-N4; O-T8 U4; Aa-Cc8 Dd10 Ee-Ff8 Gg4 (lacking first leaf, blank except for signature), largely printed in black letter, woodcut title border to second and third parts, numerous early ink annotations, small burn-hole to margin of last few leaves, not affecting text, some marginal worming, modern limp vellum with ties, [STC 17580; Fussell I, p.9 for 1596 ed.], small 4to, Printed by John Wolfe, 1587.

⁂ Very rare. Of the three copies we have been able to trace at auction, none has been complete; this is the nearest to it with only the initial leaf missing. ESTC cites only the BL copy in UK (curiously, not this copy) and 3 in America (Folger, Huntington and Michigan State). Fussell calls the work "important, but, in common with most of the writers of his and the succeeding century, Mascall had no hesitation in borrowing from earlier writers, and I doubt if he ever challenged their authority."

Provenance: Henry Yates Thompson (bookplate).
Rothamsted acquisition date 1941.

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Livestock.- Mascall (Leonard) The first booke of

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