London, England: Printed at London by Anne Griffin, for John Harison, and are to be sold at his shop in Pater-noster row, 1631. Sixth edition. Disbound. 7 1/4" x 5 1/2" quarto. 188 pages. Removed with two cords. Paper loss on first seven leaves (half the leaf or more), including title-page, dedication, preface, and table of contents for the first book. Lightly-tanned throughout with minor foxing. Text quite readable. Edges neatly trimmed, text is askew but not cut off. Excellent diagram of fish ponds (p. 183). (ESTC S120836) (Pollard & Redgrave, 17397). FAIR. Item #82479
Gervase Markham (1568?-1637) was the most prolific writer of practical manuals in the first half of the seventeenth century. He wrote on various subjects including veterinary medicine, husbandry, domestic economy, housewifery, and even military training. His specialty, however, was horsemanship. In fact, he had so many books on horsemanship, that he was forced to sign an agreement with the Stationers' Company to write no more of the subject. (ODNB)
This rare 1631 edition was printed by Anne Griffin, one of the foremost widow printers of the era (Valerie Wayne, Women's Labour and the History of the Book, 57). The book contains, as the characteristically prolix title suggests, directions for maintaining, treating, and selecting a variety of domestic and wild animals. Also includes a section on fishing and fish ponds with accompanying diagram. This is a fascinating work on early modern husbandry practices.