1606 Maison Rustique or The Countrey Farme...translated into English by Richard Surflet. 2nd English edition. Illustrated. Agriculture.

$1,399.99

The second English edition (1606) of this thorough work on renaissance era farming (the first edition was printed in 1600, translated from a 16th century work French work, Maison Rustique). With these extensive agricultural works we see the influence of the Renaissance era in agriculture. This work was far-reaching, useful and important; it was very successful and translated into many languages and editions.

This copy shows signs of being well used, but it's been restored and is missing only one leaf (p.347/8, with an illustration of a labyrinth).

A remarkable work, it is essentially a "how-to" for farming (or, more popular now, self-sufficiency) with sections dedicated to husbandry, recipes, medicines, distilling, clothing designs, surveying, etc.. This work is sometimes collected specifically for its hunting section labelled "A short collection of the hunting of the hart, wilde bore, hare, fox, fray, cony; of birds and faulconrie". Illustrations include the parts of a cow and horse, fashionable clothing designs, methods of distillery, and methods of surveying/land layout.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 22 x 17.5 x 6 cm, 4to signed in eights. Vellum binding. Renewed endpapers. Illustrated. Pages - blank leaf (original A1), xxxii, 901, xxvii. Collation - A8, b8, B-Z8, Zz8, Nnn8. Collated, only missing one leaf, 347/48, Z6.

Condition -

See pictures. Vellum binding with soiling, cockling (waviness) and a little splaying. Pastedowns/flyleaves renewed.

First signature (A1-A8) and last signature (Nnn1-Nnn8), including blank first leaf, A1, repaired by an overlay of thin Japanese tissue.

Title page (under tissue) with losses around edges but complete, same for rest of signature.

A6 with 2" stain. b signature with bottom edge repair tissue, marginal. Moisture mark to bottom right of page starts at B1. Intermittent throughout book, but many pages bear no sign, but then some do. Some toning to pages. Worm track at gutter, occasionally touches text. Occasional dog-ear, fox spot, thumb mark, ink smudge, edge tissue repair, spot, fore-edge chipping, corner missing, etc. throughout.

341 loose. 343/345 switched. 347 missing (only leaf).

Last signature repaired and last four leaves with losses around edges which intrudes on text. Not a perfect copy, but only missing one leaf and holding together well.

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