Lot 376: Tusser (Thomas) Five Hundred Points of good Husbandry. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1610.


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Lot 375: Tusser (Thomas). Five Hundred Points of good Husbandry. As well for the Champion or open Country, as also for the Woodland or Severall, mixed in every moneth with Huswifery, over and besides the Booke of Huswifery. Corrected, better ordered, and newly augmented, to a fourth part more, London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1610, 160pp., black letter text throughout, lacking final two leaves L1 & L2 at rear of volume (the life of the author & table index, which are provided in manuscript facsimile), few leaves strengthened to outer corners, repaired closed tear to A8, few leaves close trimmed to letterpress marginal notes, some dust-soiling and dampstaining etc., front free endpaper inscribed 'Oliver Baker: from Violet Gordon Woodhouse', all edges gilt, late 19th/early 20th century blind & gilt panelled speckled calf, gilt decorated spine, joints slightly cracked at head & foot, 8vo STC 24388. Violet Gordon Woodhouse (1872-1948) was an highly acclaimed British harpsichordist and clavichordist, being the first person to record the harpsichord, and the first to broadcast harpsichord music. Violet was taught by the leading piano teacher Oscar Beringer. In 1895 she entered into a mariage blanc with Gordon Woodhouse, who gave Violet the freedom to perform in public, and also to take lovers. In 1899 William "Bill" Barrington moved into the marital home, to be joined by Max Labouchere in 1903, and Dennis Tollemache shortly after. In polite society their open marriage was referred to as the 'Woodhouse Circus'. By the 1920s the menage was reduced to three. Violet and Gordon acquired Lypiatt Manor, where they moved with Bill. Their household finances improved greatly as a consequence of the murder of Gordon's sisters by their butler. Violet was known to and heard by many internationally important & respected musicians, artists & literary figures etc. including Rodin, Picasso, Bernard Shaw, Lawrence of Arabia, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Osbert Sitwell, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Thomas Beecham and Nellie Melba. Diaghilev wished to make a ballet to her music. Delius composed a dance for her and Vaughan Williams arranged folk songs for her. (1) Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History Maps, Prints & Sporting Art Early Printed Books Military History Wednesday, 11th November 2015 Estimate: £200-300
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