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Brett's Colonists' Guide and Cyclopedia of Useful Knowledge
Title:
Brett's Colonists' Guide and Cyclopedia of Useful Knowledge
Brett, Sir Henry and Leys, Thomson W. (editor)
$85.00

Capper Reprint, 1980, 1000 copies, of original 1883 edition in facsimile.
Explorer, bushman, builder, farmer, gardener, doctor, cook, handyman, vet - a colonist to New Zealand needed to be able to call on many different skills. Truly a cyclopedia of useful knowledge, this guide must have been an invaluable companion to early settlers, who often lacked practical experience and were isolated from more knowledgeable advisers. All information of possible use has been gathered; how to keep bees, shoe horses and even boil potatoes. Clearly described and illustrated with quaint drawings there are chapters on 'Cottage Cookery', with explanation of general methods of cooking, the principles of nutrition, and recipes for everything from Jugged Hare to Christmas Cake; 'Useful Mechanical Contrivances' - how to build ladders, a garden gate, weasel traps, an outdoor refrigerator, wheelbarrows, windmills...; the care of livestock, simple family medicine; legal problems commonly encountered in the new colony - no aspect of pioneering life has been forgotten. There are even details for raising ostriches and silk worms; highly profitable, if rather improbable, ventures in those days! The section on cropping and horticulture contains a detailed agricultural calendar for New Zealand - particularly useful for new arrivals unused to Southern Hemisphere seasons. All directions in this down-to-earth manual can still be followed today - the cottage plans give exact requirements for timber, roofing, and other hardware - including turn-of-the-century prices...

Second hand Hardback
Stock: 
1
ISBN: 
000
SKU:
54281