London: Lackington, Allen, and Co., 1812. New Edition. Vellum. Small quarto. 338 pages. Some light soil to binding, a few extremity rubs, and a 19th century bookplate on front pastedown. Bound in vellum over boards with marbled endpapers and textblock edges. Spine has gilt-stamped ornaments and rules, red and black title blocks with gilt-stamped titles.
Attractive, early 19th-century vellum-bound edition of this classic of Elizabethan instructional poetry in couplets. Tusser's instructions and observations on farming and rural life give valuable insight regarding Tudor England. He was the first to record many proverbs and terms in print in this work, including "Sweet April showers, Do spring May flowers," and "At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year," and others.
This edition opens with a life of Tusser, and also includes numerous informative notes and a glossary by Mavor.