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MARKHAM, [Gervase]. Markhams farwell to husbandry or, The inriching of all sorts of Barren and Sterill Grounds in our Kingdome, to be as fruitfull in all manner of Graine, Pulse, and Grasse as the best Grounds whatsoever: Together with the anoyances, and preservation of all Graine and Seede, from one yeare to many yeares. As also a Husbandly Computation of Men and Cattels dayly Labours, their Expences, Charges, and uttermost Profits...

London. Printed by J. B. for Roger Jackson, 1620. First edition.
Quarto. [8], 160pp. Handsomely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in polished marbled-calf, contrasting morocco lettering-pieces, T.E.G. A trifle rubbed. Marbled endpapers, ink-stamp of Lawes Agricultural Trust to FEP, very occasional small worm-holes to margins.
The first edition of English poet and practical writer Gervase Markham's (c.1568-1637) work on arable farming. Farwell to husbandry is a concise instruction manual for those wishing to transform overgrown tracts of land into fruitful farmland through careful and studied tilling.

Rare; aside from this copy, we can locate just a single copy of the first edition having sold in the rooms in recent decades (Bloomsbury Auctions, September 22 2011).

ESTC records copies at only three locations in the British Isles, excluding this very copy, ex Rothamsted (BL, Oxford and Oxford, St. John's College); and a further five in North America (Folger, Huntington, Massachusetts, NYPL, and Yale).
ESTC S112107, Poynter 24.1, STC 17372.
£ 1,500.00 Antiquates Ref: 19200