1678. London, printed for Thomas Dring, 1678.
8vo (7 x 4 ins), , 1-240; , 1-42, , the last page is the Errata with a catchword (TO) which is a printer's error. Engraved frontispiece to Vinetum, three engraved plates, small marginal woodcut, engraved frontispiece to Apiarium. Rough but appropriate early calf without endpapers, likely the original binding, rebacked, quite worn, occasional spotting, some loss to the rear blank. A sound and complete copy.
§ Worlidge's energetic treatise on English cider-making, followed by his "Apiarium; or A discourse of the government and ordering of bees ... The second edition" (Wing W3595), which has a separate dated title page, pagination, and register, but which was published thus with the expanded second edition of Vinetum Britannicum as Worlidge's introduction and the title page attest.
John Worlidge (d.1693) was "a popular and influential writer on husbandry and rural crafts" (Oxford DNB). His treatise on cider, first published in 1676 and dedicated to Elias Ashmole, was a systematic guide to the propagation of fruit trees and the production of cider: "a splendid example of early rational research and technical inventiveness applied to cider and wine making" (Janson, Pomona's Harvest, p. 137). It also included a history of drinks in antiquity, a review of non-cider drinks made in England and around the world, the medicinal uses of different drinks, and a list of fruits, fruit cultivars and their virtues. For the expanded second edition Worlidge added his guide to beekeeping as "a very necessary supplement to the present design", as well as "several late Experiments made to the great improvement of Cider [a]nd also the true way of making the Ingenio for the Grinding of Apples" among other additions. The plates (one more than in the first edition) are very well done. ESTC R34758. Wing 3609. Cagle 1070. Item #124137