Publisher: Edinburgh: Printed by Sands, Brymer, Murray and Cochran. Sold by Paton, Symmer & Gordon, et al., 1743.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature 7964; ESTC T137121; and see Fussell, More Old English Farming Books, pages 20-21.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; hinges starting, but sound; some dust-soiling and light stains; very good copy.
Book ID: 28050
Description8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf, red-brown morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. Folding plate. Signed by Maxwell on the verso of the title-page, to prevent piracy.
CommentsA seminal work on Scottish agriculture by Robert Maxwell (1695-1765), a farmer near Edinburgh, and a founder of the Society of Improvers in the Knowledge of Agriculture in Scotland. "Maxwell devoted himself to the improvement of agriculture, and during the first half of the eighteenth century he probably did more than any other person in Scotland to encourage the practice of new methods" - DNB online. A large part of Transactions is by Maxwell, based on his numerous theories and experiments. The text is largely epistolary and constructed in a manner similar to Notes & Queries. The Society of Improvers was the first agricultural society in Europe. Armorial bookplate of James Clayhills of Invergowrie on the front paste-down.