COPLAND (WILLIAM, PUBLISHER) Here begynneth the Boke of the Arte or Crafte of Graffynge and Plantyng of Trees, Imprinted at London in Lothbery over against S. Margarets church by me Wyllyam Copland, [?1565]

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COPLAND (WILLIAM, PUBLISHER)
Here begynneth the Boke of the Arte or Crafte of Graffynge and Plantyng of Trees, Imprinted at London in Lothbery over against S. Margarets church by me Wyllyam Copland, [?1565]

Sold for £ 11,475 (US$ 15,780) inc. premium
COPLAND (WILLIAM, PUBLISHER)
Here begynneth the Boke of the Arte or Crafte of Graffynge and Plantyng of Trees, 16pp., black letter, large woodcut vignette of two woodsmen hewing trees on the title, some soiling and marginal restorations throughout, early ink annotations (mostly marginal, 5 lines underlined), twentieth century morocco, gilt lettered on spine [ESTC 91551, citing this copy only], small 4to (190 x 140mm.), Imprinted at London in Lothbery over against S. Margarets church by me Wyllyam Copland, [?1565]

Footnotes

  • VERY RARE, ESTC citing only this copy, not listed on Worldcat, and no other copies traced as appearing at auction.

    The treatise is devoted to the production and preservation of trees, and in particular the art of grafting. At the end are two short chapters concerning the four seasons and four elements, and "the fourme and measure to mete land by". It was published by William Copland, who because of "his connection with Robert Copland, and Robert's with Caxton's heir, Wynkyn de Worde... represents the fourth in a direct line of succession from England's first printer" (ODNB).

    Provenance: Annotations in an early hand, including a note "To trye the quince" beside a passage "To have fruite without cores"; Rothamsted Experimental Station, stamp inside upper cover, with note of acquistion (1936). Purchased for £52.10.0 from Maggs Bros, their catalogue description pasted onto the front free paper, noting "This little piece is of excessive rarity. One copy is recorded in Pollard's "Hand-lists of English Printers" [1913] as in a Private Library, and there is a reference in a note in [Thomas] Dibdin's "Typographical Antiquities"...".
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COPLAND (WILLIAM, PUBLISHER) Here begynneth the Boke of the Arte or Crafte of Graffynge and Plantyng of Trees, Imprinted at London in Lothbery over against S. Margarets church by me Wyllyam Copland, [?1565]
COPLAND (WILLIAM, PUBLISHER) Here begynneth the Boke of the Arte or Crafte of Graffynge and Plantyng of Trees, Imprinted at London in Lothbery over against S. Margarets church by me Wyllyam Copland, [?1565]
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