The Farmer's Calendar: Containing the Business Necessary to Be Performed on Various Kinds of Farms during Every Month of the Year.
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London: Richard Phillips, 1815. Tenth edition (xii, 658). Tall octavo in three-quarter leather over marbled paper (much rubbed, hinges skillfully repaired) with one folding plate illustrating methods of irrigating fields. From the library and with the bookplate of Lord Dinorbin (Welsh coal mine owner). Arthur Young (1741- 1820) was one of the most influential proponents of the value of accurately observing and recording what farmers, large and small, actually did. Fussell says, "The fortunate accident that turned Young into a farmer rather than a citizen of literary parts led to the first attempt to obtain not only statistics of production but also costs of production... by the lately recognized method, euphoniously entitled 'field work', instead of by the Buddhistic method of concentration practised by so many of his contemporaries" (More Old Farm Books, 70). Young believed if you wanted to know what the weather was like, you should open the door and go outside. The Farmer's Calendar, accordingly, is full of closely observed details, as on the subject of feeding straw in January to over wintering cattle or the rate per acre to apply coal ashes in March. A clean, tight copy.
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