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The Country Housewifes Garden Containing Rules for Herbs and Seeds of Common Use With Their Times and Seasons When to Set and Sow Them Together With The Husbandry of Bees, Published with Secrets very Necessary for Every Housewife

By William Lawson

1626

Francis Williams : London

7.5" by 6"

24pp; 10pp, 7pp, [8], 59pp

 

 

 

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A very scarce work on horticulture by clergyman and avid gardener William Lawson. Being an early edition of his 'The Country Housewifes Garden' which was originally appended to his 'A New Orchard and Garden'.

This is the 1626 edition of 'The Country Housewifes Garden' which was the second part of the aforementioned wider work. To the rear of this work there is an entire facsimile of the first edition (1618) of 'A New Orchard and Garden'. The final leaf of 'The Husband-mans fruitfull orchard' is a facsimile leaf. Therefore, the text for this work is complete, with the 'Country Housewifes Garden' bound to the start. This was Lawson's only work and was the first published work on gardening in the north of England. 'The Countrie Housewifes Garden' was the first horticultural work written for women. It remained to be the only horticultural work aimed at women for a century. A pioneering work, it went through several reprints during the seventeenth century. 'The Country Housewifes Garden' was frequently reprinted in Gervase Markham's 'A Way to get Wealth' which, for many years, lead to the work being misattributed as his. The ESTC No for the 1626 work is S108391. With the rules for herbs and seeds of common use with their times and seasons, when to set and sow them alongside the husbandry of bees. With five leaves of illustrations. The work is closely cropped, with no loss to the text and only a slight loss to the border of the images to pages 3-7. A fascinating, and important work in the field of gardening.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Rebacked, with the original boards preserved. Externally, very smart with light rubbing to the extremities. Closed tear to page 3 at the margin, not affecting the text. Final leaf of 'The Husband-mans fruitfull Orchard' is lacking, with a facsimile leaf as its replacement. Pages to the 1626 work are age toned, with occasional scattered spots.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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