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The English Husbandman The First Part: Contayning the Knowledge of the true Nature of euery Soyle within this Kingdome: how to Plow it; and the manner of the Plough, and other Instruments   By:

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In "The English Husbandman: The First Part," Gervase Markham provides readers with a comprehensive guide on the true nature of soil and how to effectively work it. Although originally published in the 17th century, this book remains a valuable resource for both novice and experienced farmers even today.

Markham's attention to detail is remarkable. He delves deeply into the various types of soil found throughout the kingdom, offering insights into their unique characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. This in-depth exploration enables readers to understand the specific needs of their soil and how to maximize its potential for productive farming.

A substantial portion of the book is dedicated to the art of plowing and the proper use of farming instruments. Markham emphasizes the importance of understanding the intricacies of the plow and its various components, highlighting the direct correlation between a well-executed plowing technique and successful crop yields.

What sets "The English Husbandman" apart is its practicality. Markham's instructions are clear and concise, making them easily applicable to real-life situations. Whether discussing the optimal time to plow or the correct alignment of the plowshare, he provides farmers with reliable guidance that can be immediately implemented on their land.

Moreover, Markham's writing style is accessible and engaging, considering the historical context. He communicates complex topics in a manner that is easily understood, even by those with limited agricultural knowledge. His passion for farming permeates the pages, instilling in readers a sense of respect and admiration for the profession.

One limitation of this book is its narrow focus on England. While this may be expected given the title, readers hoping for broader insights may find themselves wishing for a more universal approach. However, this shortcoming is outweighed by the depth of knowledge and practical advice offered within the context of the English landscape.

In conclusion, "The English Husbandman: The First Part" by Gervase Markham is a timeless agricultural treasure. Its detailed exploration of soil types, plowing techniques, and effective use of farming instruments provides farmers with a valuable resource to optimize their agricultural practices. Markham's passion for farming shines through, making this book not only informative but also highly enjoyable for anyone interested in the art of husbandry.

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[Transcriber's note

Spellings are inconsistent, especially the use of ée and ee. Notes of changes that have been made for obvious misprints, and of other anomalies, are at the end of this etext.

There are many sidenotes in the original. They are indicated thus: {SN: }, and have been grouped together at the start of the paragraph in which they appear.]


The first Part : CONTAYNING the Knowledge of the true Nature of euery Soyle within this Kingdome: how to Plow it; and the manner of the Plough, and other Instruments belonging thereto.

TOGETHER WITH THE Art of Planting, Grafting, and Gardening after our latest and rarest fashion.

A worke neuer written before by any Author: and now newly compiled for the benefit of this KINGDOME.

By G. M.

Bramo assai, poco, spero nulla chieggio.

LONDON: Printed by T. S. for Iohn Browne , and are to be sould at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church yard.


TO THE RIGHT HONOVRABLE, and his singular good Lord, the Lord Clifton , Baron of Layton.

It was a custome (right Honorable, and my most singular good Lord) both amongst the auntient Romans , and also amongst the wise Lacedemonians , that euery idle person should giue an account of the expence of his howers: Now I that am most idle, and least imployed in your Familie, present here vnto your Lordships hands an account of the expence of my idle time, which how well, or ill, it is, your Noble wisedome must both iudge and correct; onely this I am acertain'd, that for the generall rules and Maximes of the whole worke, they are most infallibly true, and perfectly agreeing with our English climate... Continue reading book >>

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