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Markham, Gervase, 1568?-1637

Markhams maister-peece : Contayning all knowledge belonging to the smith, farrier, or horse-leech, touching the curing of all diseases in horses: drawne with great paine, and most approved experience, from the publicke practise of all the forraine horse-marshals in Christendome; and from the private practise of all the best farriers of this kingdome. Being divided into two bookes. The first contayning all cures physicall: the second all belonging to chyrurgery; with an addition of 160. principall chapters, and 370. most excellent medicines, never written of, nor mentioned in any author whatsoever. Together with the true nature, use, and quality of every simple spoken of through the whole worke / Written by Gervase Markham, Gent.

Now the fifth time newly imprinted, corrected, and augmented, with above thirty new chapters, and above forty new medicines that are most certaine and approved; and heretofore never published, which you shall find noted thus [fist]
Imprinted at London : By Nicholas and Iohn Okes, dwelling in the Well yard in little St. Bartholomews neere the Hospitall Gate, 1636.
Physical Description:
[16], 588, 599-601, [15] p., [1] folded leaf of plates : ill. ; 19 cm. (4to)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
SF285.3 .M37 1636
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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The Maister-peece is an expanded version of the veterinary book [VII] of the author's Cavelarice; or, The English horseman, first published in 1607. It is based almost entirely on Thomas Blundeville's The fower chiefyst offices belongyng to horsemanshippe (1st ed., 1565-66) Cf. Sir Frederick Smith, The early history of veterinary literature, London, 1919-33, v. 1, p. 262.
Added engraved title page with illustrative border has imprint: London, Printed by Nicholas Okes, 1636 and is signed "Ren: Elstrak sculpsit". The impression number and date have been altered.
"The second booke: containing all cures chirurgicall, or such infirmities as being onely outward, crave the use of chirurgery, and are called in horse-leach-craft, horses sorrances. Newly imprinted, corrected, and enlarged with many notable additions, and most certaine approoved medicines, never revealed before this first impression. Written by Gervase Markham. Gent." has separate dated title page with woodcut rule-border and vignette on leaf Q5r; register and pagination are continuous.
First published in London in 1610 under title: Markhams maister-peece. Or, What doth a horse-man lacke.
The author's name appears after the edition statement on the title page.
Signatures: [A]⁸ ([A]1 blank) B-2P⁸ 2Q⁸(2Q7 blank; -2Q8).
2Q8 was the cancel title page used for STC 17379.5.
Leaf [A]1 is blank; leaf [A]2 has text explaining engraved t.p. on verso; leaf [A]3 is engraved t.p., leaf [A]4 is letterpress t.p.
The folded plate is a woodcut of a horse, with the sites of specific diseases and injuries numbered.
Full page woodcut illustrations on leaves Q8r and 2P8r.
Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials throughout.
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 17379
English short title catalogue, S112168
Poynter, F.N.L. Bibliography of Gervase Markham 1568?-1637, 20.5
"The nature and speciall qualities of all the simples that are spoken of in this whole worke, set downe in the manner of alphabet": p. 558-586.
"Of weights and measures, and how to know them by their characters": p. 588-[589]
Tables of contents, [12] p. at end.
MED HSL: A cancelled title page, restored from fragments originally used in the binding, is inserted after the present title page. It has imprint: Imprinted at London by Nicholas and John Okes for John Smithwicke, and are to be sold at his shop ... 1636. No issue with this imprint is recorded in the Short-title catalogue. The present title page is clearly conjugate with the dedication leaf.
BAC: British Art Center copy imperfect: leaves [A]1 and 2Q7 (preliminary and final blanks) and folded plate missing. Bound in blind tooled Cambridge-style plain and sprinkled calf; edges sprinkled red and brown. Rebacked. Ownership inscription of John Bagg on leaf [A]2v. Ms inscriptions "April 11th 1874 James W. Kenworthy Curate of Hackney Middlesex" and "John Shadwell Harwood Plaistow Essex 1805 Feby. the seventeenth. Pay Wm. Rake one hundred" on inside of upper and lower boards respectively. Two cuttings from sales catalogs (one describing an edition of the present work, one describing the 1595 edition of the Book of St. Albans) pasted to inside of upper board.
Subject Terms:
Bagg, John -- Autograph.
Harwood, John Shadwell -- Autograph, February 17th 1805.
Horses -- Anatomy -- Early works to 1800.
Horses -- Diseases -- Early works to 1800.
Horseshoeing -- Early works to 1800.
Kenworthy, James W. -- Autograph, April 11th 1874.
Veterinary medicine -- Early works to 1800.
Blundeville, Thomas, fl. 1561. Fower chiefyst offices belongyng to horsemanshippe.
Elstracke, Renold, fl. 1590-1630, engraver.
Okes, Nicholas, publisher.
Okes, John, fl. 1627-1644, publisher.

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