16mo, pp. [ii], 45, ; a very good, crisp copy in contemporary calf-backed boards, spine stamped in gilt, gilt morocco lettering-piece; a few surface scuffs.
US $777 €630
Early edition of an interesting ‘way to wealth’, in fact a guide to the management of poultry, first published 1569. An English translation was published in 1580 under the title A Discourse of housebandrie, described by Mary Aslin (Rothansted) as ‘the first book on poultry’. Brunet, Quérard and Musset suggest the present edition is an 18th-century piracy; ‘L’édition dont je parle est, selon M. Debure, une contrefaçon, ce qui n'empêche pas qu'elle ne soit fort belle...’ (Musset).
Brunet I, col. 1852; Kress 319; Musset 468; Quérard VII, pp. 362-3; Goldsmiths' 8141 lists this edition as a facsimile; see Aslin, Catalogue of the printed books on agriculture published between 1471 and 1840 [in the library of Rothamsted Experimental Station], p. 27.
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