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Brett’s Colonists' Guide and Cyclopedia of useful Knowledge. Edited Thomson W Leys. (1883 H. Brett, “Evening Star” Office, Auckland) 1980 Limited edition of 1000. Capper Press, Christchurch

Being a compendium of information by practical Colonists upon
Farming - bush and fern land; management of horses, cattle, sheep, and cows,
Monthly calendar of farm operations;
The Dairy - Cheese factories; poultry;
gardening - kitchen, flower, greenhouse and vinery; fruit culture, with explicit directions on grafting, pruning and bussing for amateurs;
Drainage; bee keeping; insects - useful and injurious;
Tea, tobacco, olive and hop culture; wine making;
Soap boiling; curing and storing;
The Family Doctor;
The housewife’s textbook of cookery and useful recipes;
Mechanical contrivances; painting, glue, cements;
Abstract of New Zealand Local Government Laws, etc., etc., etc

The Preface explains that this book was prepared to help “the cultivators of the soil” and “the Medical Section has been prepared specially for the isolated settler”
(this section includes homeopathy)

Delightful illustrations throughout

830pp; b/w illustrations and diagrams; tables; recipes; index; thick hard covers; very good condition; ex Library with usual stamps etc
Sl shelfwear; top closed page edges sl browned. Inside clean and tidy
Dust jacket; very good condition

Older editions from over 100 years ago are very, very scarce and as only 1000 of this edition were published, this book is not easy to find either

Text Copyright 2012
Collectible Books,

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