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Water-Meadows.- Vaughan (Rowland) Most Approved and Long experienced Water-Workes, first edition, variant with author's promissory note dated 29th November on verso of final leaf (S4), with the very rare folding engraved plan coloured by a contemporary hand, plan with some tears but dissected and laid down on canvas, mounted on stub at beginning, lacking initial blank, very light spotting and soiling to title and with small portion torn away from lower inner margin, one or two small rust-spots but otherwise very clean, later calf, red roan label, rubbed, joints split, spine chipped at head, [Fussell pp.32-33; STC 24603], small 4to, George Eld, 1610.

⁂ An excellent copy of a rare work, and usually lacking the plan.
"The idea of water meadows was original to Vaughan. . . He saw 'a spring breaking out of a mole-hill with the grass very green where it ran', and that gave him the idea that a definite set of drains with sluices to cause and control flooding would be good for grassland...The work also contains one of the earliest refernces to a mechanical saw-mill...There are three copies in the British Museum, but all want the original plate...the copy at Rothamsted has a coloured map on canvas." (Fussell).

Provenance: The Gough-Heber copy (ink inscription "Extremely scarce with the map on canvas. Gough Sale 1810 [£]2.15.0" at head of front free endpaper and note in pencil "purchased at Heber sale by Evans" added). Rothamsted acquisition date 1915.

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Water-Meadows.- Vaughan (Rowland) Most Approved and

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
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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