STANDISH (ARTHUR)] The Commons Complaint, Wherein is Contained Two Speciall Grievances: The First, the Generall Destruction and Waste of Woods in this Kingdome, with a Remedy for the Same... the Second Grievance is the Extreme Dearth of Victuals. Foure Remedies for the Same, 1611
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STANDISH (ARTHUR) The Commons Complaint, Wherein is Contained Two Speciall Grievances: The First, the Generall Destruction and Waste of Woods in this Kingdome, with a Remedy for the Same... the Second Grievance is the Extreme Dearth of Victuals. Foure Remedies for the Same, 1611
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[STANDISH (ARTHUR)]
The Commons Complaint, Wherein is Contained Two Speciall Grievances: The First, the Generall Destruction and Waste of Woods in this Kingdome, with a Remedy for the Same... the Second Grievance is the Extreme Dearth of Victuals. Foure Remedies for the Same, folding letterpress license leaf (shaved touching letters at margin), folding woodcut illustration ("The figure of the plot"), title soiled, cut to size and laid down (without loss), ownership inscription of "Harrison Weir, Sevenoaks, Kent, Oct. 29th, 1890" on front free endpaper, bookplate of G. Currey, blindstamp on title and 2 other leaves, eighteenth century calf, rebacked [STC 23201; Goldsmiths 401; Kress 316], small 4to, William Stansby, 1611

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  • Important treatise, complete with the often-lacking folding plate, based on the author's four year journey around England in "a search for measures to reduce discontent among the common people [in the aftermath of the midland revolt of 1607]...", his main concern being "the destruction of woods, leading to high fuel and food prices... his remedies for fuel shortages were the planting of more trees, and, to increase food supplies, the planting of fruit trees, the destruction of vermin, the breeding of wildfowl and poultry, and the reduction of dovecotes, since pigeons consumed much grain" (ODNB).
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