Husbandry Anatomized,

Donaldson (James)

Husbandry Anatomized,

or, an enquiry into the present manner of teiling and manuring the ground in Scotland for most part; and several rules and measures laid down for the better improvement thereof, in so much that one third part more increase may be had, and yet more tha a third part of the expence of the present way of labouring thereof saved. [bound with:] Postscript to Husbandry Anatomiz'd or, an addition to the enquiry in to the present manner of ordering, dressing, and manuring the ground in Scotland for most part; whereby it is further explained and applyed, and several good effects that may follow thereupon hinted at.

Description: FIRST EDITIONS, small copies but not cropped apart from a few page numerals in the Postscript, lightly browned, a few leaves slightly darker, pp. [xvi], 136; 48, 12mo in 4s, late 18th-century catspaw calf, gilt rules on spine and red lettering piece, lacking fly-leaf at the front, and 2 at the end (though the staining from the turn-ins belies this), 1 p. manuscript Index at end, followed by 11 pp. notes at end, identified by an inscription (signed A.C.) as the hand of Sir John Sinclair of Longformachus [sic], small circular stamp of the Rothamsted Experimental Station on either side of the first leaf

Publication Details: Edinburgh: Printed by John Reid, 1697-98

Notes: On the eve of Darien. Very scarce. 'In McDonald's opinion "'a high estimation has always been placed upon this work" and it is a good statement of the condition and practices of contemporary farming in Scotland ... The main novelty is that he is one of the first farming authors to consider the cost of production' (Fussell p. 84). According to ODNB it 'was unduly neglected. It contained a programme for improved farming in advance of current thought, his most innovative proposal being for the use of potatoes as a field crop. This pamphlet was dedicated to the earl of Marchmont, then lord chancel...more

Bibliography: (Aldis 3662 and 3772; Rothamsted p. 48 (designating this as the first edition; Perkins 497 & 498; ESTC R10333 and R229803)

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Price: £2,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1697-98

Stock Number: 63462

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