The English improver Improved or the Survey of Husbandry Surveyed discovering the Improveableness of all Lands: Some to be under a double and Treble others under a Five or Six Fould. And many Under a Tenn fould, yea some under a Twenty fould Improvement. By Wa: Blith a lover of Ingenuity. All clearely demonstrated from Principles of Reason, Ingenuity, and late but most Real Experiences; and held forth at an Inconsiderable charge to the Profits accrewing thereby, under Six Peeces of Improvement. 1 By Floting and Watering such Land as lieth capeable thereof. 2 By draying Fen, Reducing Bog, and Regaining Sea-Lands. 3 By such Enclosures as prevents Depopulation, & advanceth all Interests. 4 By Tillage of some Land lost for want of, and Pasturin

London: Printed for John Wright at the Kings-head in the Old-Bayley, 1653.

Quarto, [26], 274, [12] pages, engraved pictorial title and second text title, beginning "All clearly demonstrated...", two folding engraved plates and three full-page woodcut illustrations. Third Edition. "Blith wrote two books on husbandry which surpass all others of their time for their practical good sense, their evidence of his own and others' farming experience, the candour of the author's judgments and opinions, and the care given to describing new farming practices and making textual changes as time and improved knowledge permitted. His The English Improver, or, A New Survey of Husbandry (1649), offering six pieces of improvement, was dedicated to both houses of parliament and the 'ingenuous reader'. In the same year another edition appeared. A so-called third impression was 'much augmented' (1652) and was, in fact, a thoroughly revised work. It was entitled The English Improver Improved, or, The Survey of Husbandry Surveyed, and its second part contained Six Newer Pieces of Improvement" - Oxford DNB. Fussell stated that "for really practical advice, [Blith's] English Improver is probably the best of the bunch." and Ernle mentions that Blith is thorough on the issue of field drainage. (Fussell, Old English Farming Books). One signature toward middle of the text block separating. Significant chipping around the edges of the engraved title page, few small early ink marks throughout, but otherwise generally clean. in worn, brown calf board, simply rebacked in brown calf, with gilt titling to spine. Overall good only. [Fussell, page 51 ff.; Wing B3196; Perkins cat. 184].

Price: $450.00