Systema AgriculturÆ; The Mystery Of Husbandry Discovered:.


Bound in original full calf with blind stamped borders; spine in compartments with raised bands. Extremities very slightly worn with an expert repair to top of rear board adjoining spine, internally a very good crisp copy. Signature dated January 14th 1675-6 on front pastedown. A fine copy in completely original unsophisticated condition.





Printed by J. C. for T. Dring; and are to sold by Charles Smith and Tho. Burrell, at the Angel neer the Inner-Temple-gate, and the Golden Ball under St. Dunstans Church in Fleet-street.,






Treating of the several new and most advantagious ways of tilling, planting, sowing, manuring, ordering, improving of all sorts of gardens, orchards, meadows, pastures, corn-lands, woods and coppices. as also of fruits, corn, grain, pulse, new-hays, cattle, fowl, beasts, bees, silk-worms, etc. 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 prognosticks of dearth, scarcity, plenty, sickness, heat, cold, frost, snow, winds, rain, hail, thunder, etc. and dictionarium rusticum: or, the interpretation of rustick terms. the whole work being of great use and advantage to all that delight in that most noble practice. the second edition, carefully corrected and amended; with many large and useful additions throughout the whole work: by the author. published for the common good: by j. w. gent.
[engraved title:] systema agriculturÆ, being the mystery of husbandry discovered and layd open by j w.

Item Description

Folio, 8 x 12 inches. [xxxvi] + 324 + [4] pp. index. Separate title pages for Kalendarium Rusticum and Dictionarium Rusticum but pagination and register continuous.


Illustrated by engraved title, with ' Explanation of the Frontispiece,'opposite and by 6 large wood engravings in text. Decorated by Headpiece vignette, by initials and by additional title page vignettes.


According to Blanche Henrey, John Worlidge of Petersfield 'is generally considered one of the most enlightened of the seventeenth-century writers on gardening and husbandry.' Fussell praises his 'systematising the knowledge of a subject current in his day.' with 'a measure of originality.' As it appeared in five editions from 1669, 'clearly it must have been a popular and acceptable work.' This second edition is considerably larger in content than the first of 1669 The most notable of the illustrations in the Systema Agriculturæ is Worlidge's design for an improved 'Engine for setting Corn' (a seed drill, p. 47). This is considerably earlier than Jethro Tull's famous invention. The work also has sections on Angling, Fouling, Hops, Cider, Bees, Saffron and Silk Worms, Etc.
ESTC R218038. McDonald, 116-121. Fussell, 1947. Perkins, no. 1947. Henrey, p. 205-6.

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