ESTIENNE, Charles (1504?-1564) and Jean LIEBAULT (c.1535-1596). L'agriculture et la maison rustique. Paris: Jacques du Puys, 1574. [Bound with, as issued:] Jean de CLAMORGAN (c.1566?). La Chasse du Loup. Paris: Jacques du Puys, 1574.
2 works in one volume, 4° (220 x 147mm). First work: one full-page woodcut and 13 half-page woodcuts, woodcut printer's device on title. 2nd work: one full-page woodcut and 12 woodcuts in the text. (Some browning, a few leaves stained in 2nd work.) Contemporary vellum wrapper with yapp fore-edge (lightly discoloured, small tear at spine, missing two fore-edge ties). Provenance: Marcus Fugger (1529-1597, banker, author, collector, cf. P. Lehmann, Eine Geschichte der alten Fuggerbibliotheken, ch. V, title inscription) -- Bibliothek Oettingen-Wallerstein (by descent, armorial stamp on title) -- Jerome-Frederic Pichon (booklabel and blindstamp on flyleaf) -- Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pa. (duplicate sale, Christie's NY, 21 November 1986, lot 119, bookplate).
MARCUS FUGGER'S COPY of the most popular and influential books on the subject in the 16th and 17th centuries. Essentially a rural encyclopedia, covering topics from growing crops, tending gardens, caring for animals, distillation, wine-making, hunting and fishing, L'agriculture is a revised and augmented translation into French by Estienne himself of his Praedium rusticum, first published at the Estienne press in 1554. The French edition (1564) was edited by Estienne's son-in-law Liebault, who further expanded the work; his 'detailed account of tobacco as a medicinal plant [is] the earliest on this subject' (Mortimer). Each subsequent edition contained additional woodcut illustrations. It is here accompanied, as intended, by Clamorgan's work on hunting with wolves. The 14 woodcuts of wolves and the technique of hunting first appeared in Du Puy's 1566 edition. Hunt 69 (1st Latin ed.); Mortimer, Harvard French 214 and 142 (1572 eds.); Souhart, Ouvrages sur la Chasse, col. 170-71; Schwerdt I, 166; Thiébaud col. 344.