MASCALL, L.

A booke of the Arte and maner how to Plant and Graffe all sortes of Trees, how to set Stones and sowe Pepins, to make wilde Trees to graffe on, as also remedies and Medicines...

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London, John Wight, 1582. Small 4to (190 x 132mm). pp. (24), 84, (12), large woodcut on title, one plate of grafting tools, 6 woodcuts in the text and woodcut printer's device on last leaf with motto 'Welcom the Wight that bringeth such Light'. Later calf, gilt spine with red labels, sides with gilt borderlines, gilt edges, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

A rare early treatise on fruit trees, tree planting and crafting

Fourth edition. The first was published in 1569 and together 8 editions appeared in the 16th century. A rare early treatise on fruit trees, tree planting and crafting. "Most of the work is a translation of 'l'Art & maniere de semer, & faire pepinieres des sauvageaux' by Brossard, a French Benedictine monk. The earliest edition of the French work currently known is dated 1543. Relatively little is known about the translator, Leonard Mascall (d. 1589), apart that he was the author of a number of other books on fishing and animal husbandry, owned a mansion in Sussex... The unsigned illustrations are primarily of tree planting and grafting and include a full-page illustration of cutting tools" (Johnston 107).

Provenance: Bookplate of Abel E. Berland.

Henry I, p. 258.