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The Epitome of the Art of Husbandry ... by J. B. Gent. Joseph BLAGRAVE.
The Epitome of the Art of Husbandry ... by J. B. Gent.

The Epitome of the Art of Husbandry ... by J. B. Gent.

London: Printed for Benjamin Billingsley, 1675. Two parts in one, 8vo. [8], 159, 158-246; 136, [16]pp., with errors in pagination as issued. Two engraved illustrated additional titles. Publisher's ad on verso of the terminal leaf. Early manuscript receipt for horse feed to prevent costiveness on verso of the first engraved title and other manuscript receipts for cures to various horse ailments on the rear endpaper.

Contemporary calf, expertly rebacked to style

Scarce English 17th century work on husbandry.

This work is ascribed to Blagrave, a noted 17th century astrologist and authority on the practice of physic, as it was edited by his nephew Obadiah Blagrave (according to DNB), a London bookseller, who along with Benjamin Billingsley first published the first part of the work in 1669. The second part, titled New Additions to the Art of Husbandry, first appeared the following year. The present second combined edition is entirely reset from the edition of 1670 and includes an additional section in the second part on singing birds not found in any previous edition (pages 51-136). Interestingly, Billingsley's ad on verso of the terminal leaf promotes not just books for sale, but also various salves, lozenges, pills, powders and other remedies.

Wing B3117 and B3120; ESTC R4466; cf. Goldsmiths 2580. Not in Fussell or Henrey.

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Price: $2,750.00

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