1810 · London
Reprinted from the first edition of 1557: "Good husbandry, maintaineth good household, with huswifry. House keping and husbandry, if it be good: must love one another, as cousinnes in blood. The wife to, must husband as well as the man: or farewel thy husbandry, doe what thou can" (this, from the title-page). Thomas Tusser's instructional poem here records, in monthly order and rhyming couplets, memorable and vigorous => instructions and observations for farmers about country customs of the Tudor period.
Tusser (1524–80) was himself a farmer and one of the earliest known pastoral English poets. His poem as eventually expanded into the immensely popular Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie was widely read, but he never made his fortune; he remained a humble farmer, moving throughout England.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear. Mid- to late-19th-century half brown calf with marbled-paper sides and gilt lettering to spine; edges and boards lightly rubbed and minor wrinkling to spine; bumping to fore-edge of boards. Text with scattered spots of foxing. Uncut and partially unopened copy. => A pleasing reprint of this Tudor essential. (Inventory #: 37856)