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.
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Discours oeconomique, non moins utile que récréatif, monstrant comme de cinq cens livres pour une foys employées, l'on peult tirer par an quatre mil cinq cens livres de proffict honneste, qui est le moyen de faire profiter son argent.
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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