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Maison Rustique or The Countrey Farme by Charles Steuens and Iohn Liebault, 1616

Maison Rustique or, The Countrey Farme. Compyled in the French tongue by Charles Steuens, and Iohn Liebault, Doctors of Physicke. And translated into English by Richard Surflet, practitioner in physicke. Now newly reuiewed, corrected, and augmented, with diuers large additions, out of the works of Serres his Agriculture, Vinet his Maison champestre, French. Albyterio in Spanish, Grilli in Italian; and other authors. And the husbandrie of France, Italie, and Spaine, reconciled and made to agree with ours here in England: by Geruase Markham. London: printed by Adam Islip for Iohn Bill, 1616.
The volume is divided into seven books with a Table (or Index) and Table of the Diseases and Remedies described in the seven books at the end.
The Second Book of the Countrie Farme: Of Gardens, Chp L, p.263. Setting Herbs in order (knots).
Binding Dimensions (H, W, Spine): 295mm x 180mm x 50mm
Page Dimensions (H, W): 285mm x 173mm

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A nevv orchard and garden, 1618

A nevv orchard and garden. Or The best way for planting, grafting, and to make any ground good, for a rich orchard: particularly in the north parts of England: generally for the whole kingdome, as in nature, reason, scituation, and all probability, may and doth appeare. With the country housewifes garden for hearbes of common vse, their vertues, seasons, profites, ornaments, variety of knots, models for trees, and plots for the best ordering of grounds and walkes. As also, the husbandry of bees, with their seuerall vses and annoyances, all grounded on the principles of art, and precepts of experience, being the labours of forty eight yeares of William Lawson. Printed at London : By Bar: Alsop for Roger Iackson, and are to be sold at his shop neere Fleet-street Conduit, 1648.
Lawson, William, fl. 1648.
With woodcut title vignette.
Includes, with separate title page dated 1648, "The countrie housewifes garden. Containing rules for hearbes of common vse. Together with the husbandry of bees, published with secrets, very necessary for euery housewife. Together with diuers new knots for gardens."
Dimensions: 190mm x 145mm, Spine 15mm. Pages 184mm x 138mm
Images needed: p.13 and Title pages

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The Gardener's Labrynth, by Thomas Hill, 1577

The Gardeners Labyrinth: containing a discourse of the gardeners life, in the yearly trauels to be bestovved on his plot of earth, for the vse of a garden: with instructions for the choise of seedes, apte times for sowing, setting, planting, [and] watering, and the vessels and instruments seruing to that vse and purpose: wherein are set forth diuers herbers, knottes and mazes, cunningly handled for the beautifying of gardens. Also the physike benefit of eche herbe, plant, and floure, with the vertues of the distilled waters of euery of them, as by the sequele may further appeare. Gathered out of the best approued writers of gardening, husbandrie, and physicke: by Dydymus Mountaine. Thomas Hill and Henry Dethicke (Editor). Printed by Henry Bynneman in London, 1577. Dydymus Mountaine = Thomas Hill. Editor's dedication signed: Henry Dethicke. The second part has separate divisional title page and pagination; register is continuous. Includes Index.
Title Page (Second Part) Detail of Illustration.
Dimensions: 172mm x 130mm

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