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    Rare Seventeenth Century Work on
    Agricultural Inventions and Innovations

    Gabriel Plattes. A Discovery of Infinite Treasure, Hidden Since the Worlds Beginning. Whereunto all men of what degree soever, are friendly invited to be sharers with the Discoverer G.P... London: J[ohn].L[egat]. 1639. First Edition. Quarto. A4, a4, B-P4, Q2. [2, blank], 33, [1], 92, [1 errata], [1 blank] pages. Woodcut initials and head-pieces. Nineteenth century quarter blue calf, lightly rubbed, small catalog sticker on spine, rear hinge starting; pages cockled, trimmed along fore-edge with minor loss to title page, some soiling, else very good. This copy has the cancel title page with "ver." in the Biblical quote and with the errata leaf. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Plattes, Gabriel fl. 1638, writer on agriculture, said to have been of Dutch extraction, was one of the earliest advocates in England of an improved system of husbandry, and devoted much time and money to practical experiments." - DNB

    First edition of this rare work by Plattes. It is occasionally listed as a variant edition of his Discovery of Subterraneall Treasure but that is an error. It is a completely different work of "an original genius in husbandry who began his observations in the latter end of Queen Elizabeth's reign..." - Ferguson.

    Among his references are mention of the newly founded plantations in America, and new agricultural machines.

    STC 19998. Ferguson, II, 208 (not in Young Collection). Ferguson, Glasgow, II, 567. Wellcome I, 5100. Partington II, 103. Sotheran 907, 31. ESTC s114836. Neville II, 310. Not in Duveen, Hoover.

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