The Farming And Memorandum Books Of Henry Best Of Elmswell, 1642..
Bound in original green cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has slightly sunned spine. A fine copy.
The Oxford University Press for The British Academy.,
Edited by donald woodward. with a glossary and linguistic commentary by peter mcclure.
(records of social and economic history new series viii).
Large 8vo. 6.25 x 10 inches. lxxiv + 347 +  pp. +  pp. series lists.
Illustrated by frontispiece facsimile, 4 plates and one figure and 5 maps in text.
In the early 1640s Henry Best (c.1592-45), a gentleman farmer of Elmswell in the East Riding of Yorkshire, composed an account of his farming practices. The resulting Farming Book was first published as Rural Economy in Yorkshire in 1641, edited by a descendant, Charles Best Robinson, volume 33 of the Surtees Society Publications, 1857. It provides a unique account of seventeenth-century farming, of the marketing of agricultural produce, and of rural customs. It is here published in a new transcription by Donald Woodward ((b.1942), Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Hull. In addition, a complete transcript of Henry Best's Memorandum Book is published for the first time; this volume gives details of a wide range of day-to-day transactions mainly during the period 1617 to 1645. Appendices provide related contemporary documents from Elmswell, including inventories and biographies. Peter McClure, also of the University of Hull, has supplied an extensive glossary of all the documents.
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