Publisher: London: Printed for W. Strahan, W. Nicoll, B. Collins and J. Balfour, 1769.
Edition: Second edition, revised and expanded, with a new preface; the first edition was published in 1768.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 1894; Cf. Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature 10407; Printing and the Mind of Man 214; and G. E. Fussell, More Old English Farming Books, pages 70-151.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; hinges starting, but sound; very good copy.
Book ID: 28048
Description8vo, contemporary catspaw calf, red morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. Folding plate.
Comments¶ An important study on the state of agriculture, written almost coincidentally as Arthur Young (1741-1820) was inspecting farms for potential purchase. Young became more successful as a prolific author on agricultural and related subjects than he was at farming itself, though he was celebrated for his experimentation with agricultural methods. "Arthur Young is certainly the greatest producer of farming literature our annals record" - Fussell. Contemporary ink signature of "Charles E. Smith / Suttons" on the front paste-down and "P. Bertie / 1770" on the front free endpaper.