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Country classic

Country classic

The prelude to the first major English treatise on husbandry, John Worlidge’s ‘Systema agriculturae’, is formed by evocative pictorial and poetical representations of the volume’s scope. Defending rural pursuits against those ‘that esteem the countrey no other than a place for beasts, as cities for men’, Worlidge asserts that ‘the highest and most absolute content any man enjoys or findes in any sublunary thing, is in this science of agriculture’.