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COUNTRY HOUSEWIFES GARDEN (EX LIB) by William Lawson. 1983 Breslich & Foss first published 1617 hard back dj ex library tidy copy. William Lawson (d. 1635) was a clergyman on Teesside in North Yorkshire at the beginning of the seventeenth century. He was a keen, experienced gardener who distilled the fruits of his knowledge into these two little books, among the treasures of early gardening literature. The Country Housewife's Garden is precious for its attention to the role of women: as cooks, lovers of fine flowers, and keepers of the medicine cupboard. Unlike so many of his contemporaries, Lawson wrote from experience: he got his fingers dirty not simply re-telling book-learnt knowledge. There is the ring of truth in his advice. While making lots of suggestions about the practice of gardening and growing fruit trees, he is particularly interested in the layout and design of orchard and pleasure garden. There are some fine woodcuts of knot-gardens and a garden layout. He is also full of information about beekeeping. And at the end of the two main works, there are two contemporary pamphlets on grafting and on picking, packing and transporting fruit. Malcolm Thick is an agricultural and garden historian with a particular interest in food. His study of early market gardening in London, 'The Neat House Gardens' has been published by Prospect Books. He has introduced William Ellis's eighteenth-century masterpiece 'The Country Housewife's Family Companion', and contributed the chapter on vegetable production to 'The Agrarian History of England and Wales' ISBN: LAWSCOUN Title: COUNTRY HOUSEWIFES GARDEN (EX LIB) Author: LAWSON WILLIAM Year: 1983 Format: HARD BACKĀ 

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