CRESCENTIIS, Petrus de. Le Bon Mesnager. Au present volume des prouffitz champestres et ruraulx est traicte du labour des champs, vignes, jardins, arbres de tous especes ..., Paris: Nicolas Cousteau for Galliot Dupr, 1533. 4 (270 x 180mm), printed in double column in gothic type, 43 lines and headline, ruled in red, two woodcut illustrations and woodcut coat-of-arms on final leaf, floriated and historiated initials (a few quires with dampstain at lower margin, final quire with some staining at upper margin, old ink splashes on A6 recto), 18th-century mottled calf, gilt panelled spine with red morocco lettering-piece (slight scuffing of covers and rubbing of joints), red edges. Provenance: Chancelier de Pontchartrin (armorial bookplate with legend "Cabinet de livres de Pontchartrain"); J.-B. Huzard (Catalogue des Livres de ... J.-B. Huzard, Paris, 1842, II, 685); Pichon (sale, 1869, lot 180).
FIRST EDITION UNDER THIS TITLE, THE VERY FINE PONTCHARTRIN, HUZARD, PICHON COPY. Crescentiis, or in Italian Crescenzi, was born in Bologna in 1230 and died in 1320. His Opus ruralium commodorum, the most important agricultural treatise of the middle ages, was first printed in Augsburg, 1471; and also in Strassburg the same year. In this copy of the 1533 edition, the title is in black lettering only, not red and black as is evidently the case with the Schwerdt copy. The first woodcut represents the publisher offering his work to Franois I, signed with the Lorraine cross of Geofroy Tory. The second shows a husbandman sowing grain. Bosgoed 3979; Brunet II, 417; Schwerdt I, p. 127; Souhart 121; Thibaud p. 229; Petit 639.