A DISCOVERY OF INFINITE TREASURE, HIDDEN SINCE THE WORLDS BEGINNING. WHEREUNTO ALL MEN, OF WHAT DEGREE SOEVER, ARE FRIENDLY INVITED TO BE SHARERS WITH THE DISCOVERER G.P

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A DISCOVERY OF INFINITE TREASURE, HIDDEN SINCE THE WORLDS BEGINNING. WHEREUNTO ALL MEN, OF WHAT DEGREE SOEVER, ARE FRIENDLY INVITED TO BE SHARERS WITH THE DISCOVERER G.P
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London: J[ohn] L[egat] to be sold by George Hutton, . First Edition Small quarto (5-1/8" x 7") in later polished blue morocco leather-backed boards; A4, a4, B-P4, Q2. [2, blank], 33, [1], 92, [1 errata], [1 blank] pages. Complete with the original first blank. Woodcut initials and head-pieces. An important early treatise on agriculture by one of the earliest advocates in England of an improved system of husbandry who devoted much time and money to practical experiments. Among his references are mention of the newly founded plantations in America and new agricultural machines. This copy has the cancel title page with "ver." in the Biblical quote and with the errata leaf. It is occasionally listed as a variant edition of his DISCOVERY OF SUBTERRANEALL TREASURE, but that is an error. Ferguson notes that this is a completely different work of "an original genius in husbandry who began his observations in the latter end of Queen Elizabeth's reign.... As great a genius as this writer was, the public allowed him to drop down dead in London streets with hunger only; nor had he a shirt upon his back when he died." Quite scarce. Small catalog sticker on spine, trimmed along fore-edge with minor loss to title page, some soiling, else Very Good (Item ID: 018365)

STC 19998. Ferguson, II, 207-208 (not in Young Collection). Ferguson, Glasgow, II, 567. Wellcome I, 5100. Partington II, 103. Sotheran 907, 31. ESTC s114836. Neville II, 310. Not in Duveen, Hoover.


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