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Bellot (James) The Booke of Thrift, containing a perfite order, and right methode to profite lands, and other things belonging to Husbandry, first edition, collation: A4 B-D8 E4 (complete with blank leaves A4 and E4), largely printed in black letter, woodcut device on title, woodcut initials and decorations, top edge trimmed occasionally slightly affecting headline and pagination, early 20th century polished mottled calf, gilt, g.e., upper cover cleanly detached, [STC 25007.3; Fussell I, p.14], 8vo, Printed by John Wolfe, 1589.

⁂ One of only 3 recorded copies, the other two at Glasgow University and Folger. This copy with distinguished provenance, bearing the bookplates of both Donald McDonald and Francis Henry Cripps-Day, and being the copy mentioned at length by Fussell: "James Bellot was a gentleman of Caen who came across an old manuscript of Walter of Henley and of the anonymous thirteenth-century tract Hosebondrie." Only one appearance at auction, in 1983, described as "wormed...much of last leaf lost."
Rothamsted acquisition date 1932.

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Bellot (James) The Booke of Thrift, containing a

Estimate £2,000 - £3,000
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing