British Husbandry; Exhibiting the Farming Practice in Various Parts of the United Kingdom
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London: Baldwin and Craddock for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, 1832- 40. First edition, in three volumes (viii, 534; viii, 595, index; 129, 82, 151, 27, 40, index). Tall octavo bound in fine modern three-quarter dark green leather over contrasting green cloth, modern endpapers. Illustrated by a large number of steel engravings. The two volumes of general treatises are augmented here by a third volume comprising detailed reports of the practices of 'experienced agriculturists' and of the management of certain, especially successful farms. The first volume of the collection describes the 'farm economy' (valuation, rents, capital expenses) and general resources (manures, soils, drainage). The second volume is an account of methods of animal husbandry (crops, feeds, and feeding); while volume three is a collection of reports of select farms, Flemish agriculture, ornamental planting, etc. The Society which published this work, founded by Lord Brougham, was organized as a national committee of more than 50 well-placed and influential people, among whom were the Admiralty's hydrographer and Lord John Russell, together with approximately eighty local committees, from Anglesea to York, comprising perhaps two hundred members, many of whom were sitting MP's or clergymen whose spiritual responsibilities were complemented by their studies of country matters. This publication represents the culmination of an approach to agricultural studies based on descriptions of exemplary practices and beneath that on field work and fact-gathering. Fifty years earlier, Arthur Young rode by himself across England and Wales on tours of inspection, stopping at inns and ale houses, gathering what is still called 'local knowledge' about crops and stock-raising. Now, given the organization of the Society, Young easily could have corresponded with its multifarious constituents and stayed to home-- one doubts, though, he would have enjoyed himself as Young was an enthusiastic and indefatigable rider. A handsomely bound collection and scarce in this complete state.
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