Systema Agriculturae: The Mystery of Husbandry Discovered

By: Worlidge, John

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(The title continues)..... Treating of the Several new and most advantagious ways of Tilling, Planting, Sowing, Manuring Pastures, Ordering of all sorts of Gardens.Meadows, Corn-lands, Orchards, Pastures, Woods and Coppices etc, as also of Fruits, Corn, Grain, Pulse, New-Hays, Cattle, Fowl, Beasts, Bees, Silk-worms &c. With an Account of the Several Instruments and Engines used in this Profession. To which is added, Kalendarium Rusticum; or, The Husbandmans Monthly Directions. Also the Prognostiks of Dearth, Scarcity, Plenty, Sickness, Heat, Cold, Frost, Snow, Windes, Rain, Hail, Thunder, &c. And Dictionarium Rusticum: Or, The Interpretation of Rustick Terms. Second edition, quarto, with the printed title, extra engraved frontispiece, the explanation of the frontispiece, pp (26), 307, (i); title page to Dictionarium Rusticum, pagination continues to 324, (index 4 pages), some age-toning and marking throughout but still a very good sound copy; the Explanation of the frontispiece is a little trimmed at the base but no loss of the print, the engraved frontispiece has been very carefully restored along its margins, the printed title and the index leaves are a little frayed at the margins; the verso of the title to Dictionarium has the contemporary inscription " Wm Chambers, His Book, bought it of Jonas Broughton of Wellingborough"; in an excellent twentieth century binding of full calf, blind stamoed and lined, raised bands and a red morocco label on the spine. The binding and paper restoration are by John Smart of Chippenham. [Worlidge (1640-1700) was a noted English agriculturalist, who lived in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. He was considered a great expert on rural affairs, and one of the first British agriculturalists to discuss the importance of farming as an industry. The book treats of improvements in general, of enclosing meadows and pastures, and of watering and draining them, of clovers, vetches, spurry, Wiltshire long-grass (probably that of the meadows of Salisbury), hemp, flax, rape, turnips etc. A Persian wheel was made by his direction in Wiltshire, in 1665, that carried water in good quantity above twenty feet high, for watering meadows, and another near Godalming in Surrey. Sowing clover and other seeds preserved the cattle in the fatal winter of 1673, in the southern parts of England; whereas in the western and northern, through defect of hay and pasture, the greater part of their cattle perished. Hops enough were not planted, but we imported them from the Netherlands of a quality not so good as our own. The authors he chiefly quotes are Weston, Hartlib, and Blith. Worlidge's system of husbandry collected information published during the period of the Commonwealth. The work went through a number of editions and was important for many years.]

Title: Systema Agriculturae: The Mystery of Husbandry Discovered

Author Name: Worlidge, John

Categories: History of Science, Early works, Agriculture,

Edition: Second edition

Publisher: The Harrow, at Chancery Lane in Fleet Street, J.C. for Thomas Dring: 1675

Binding: Full Leather

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 016251