From Maie to mid August, an hower or two, let patch sleepe a snatch, however ye do: Though sleeping one houre, refresheth his song, yet trust not Hob growsthed, for sleeping so long.
By TUSSER, Thomas , 1580

Five hundred pointes of good Husbandrie as well for the Champion, or open countie, as also for the woodland.

Natural History, Science & Medicine
  • Author: TUSSER, Thomas
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Henrie Denham, dwelling in Pater noster Road, at the signe of the Starre
  • Publication date: 1580.
  • Physical description: Quarto (193 by 140mm), one preliminary leaf including title page, [1]-89ll, [1]l with colophon on verso, woodcut title border, woodcut printer's decide to final leaf, small repair to title margin, two small holes to N4 causing very slight loss of text, ink finger-pointers, bookplate and library stamp to upper pastedown, nineteenth century green morocco, gilt.

    Collation: A-Y4 2A4, lacking A1, blank except for signature.
  • Dimensions: 193 by 140mm. (7.5 by 5.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 14781


An instructional poem composed of a calendar of information and advice about the farming year, a list of points for good daily ‘huswiferie’, or the duties of the country wife, plus poems relating to household management and rural customs.

Thomas Tusser (c1524-1580) was a poet and farmer from Essex. As a youngster he was a chorister, making it to St Paul’s Cathedral and Eton. He was a musician in the court of William Paget, 1st Baron Paget of Baudesart, before settling as a farmer in Suffolk. He never remained long in one place and lived in London, Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and Fairstead.

He wrote ‘A Hundred Good Pointes of Husbandrie’, a long poem in rhyming couplet recording the country year, which was published in 1557. The present work is the extended version, first published in 1573.


Henry Huth (1815-1878), English merchant banker and prominent bibliophile.


  1. Fussell I pp.8-9.

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