The Husbandmans fruitfull Orchard Shewing Divers rare new secrets for the true Ordering of all sortes of fruite in their due seasons. Also how your encrease and profite maie bee much more then heertofore, and yet your charge and labour the same. With the manner of gathering all kindes of fruite aswel stone-fruite as other, and how they are to be ordered in packing, carrying, & conveying them by land or by water ...
[London: [by R. Bradock] for Roger Jackson, 1609. Quarto. (7 x 5 inches). , 28pp. Single large woodcut initial, and single woodcut head-piece and tail-piece.
Nineteenth century straight-grained green full morocco, by Riviere & Son, neatly rebacked with the original spine.
Provenance: William Tyssen-Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney (armorial bookplate)
Rare early English work on the cultivation and care of fruit trees.
This rare work is a variant of the 1608 reissue of The Fruiterers Secrets , which was first issued in 1604, and sometimes attributed to Gervase Markham (see Rothamsted Catalogue). "In 1604 a small quarto volume was published anonymously ... This treatise consists of methods of gathering, packing, carrying and storing fruits and ... remained for many years the best work to appear in England on this branch of gardening. Nothing seems to be known of the author except that he was 'Irish-borne' and that as the result of long practical experience was well acquainted with the subject upon which he wrote" (Henrey).
ESTC locates only two copies of this issue in North America (Folger and Huntington).
ESTC S105557; Henrey 144; STC 10652.