The Modern Farmers Guide.

[Varlo (Charles)]

The Modern Farmers Guide.

In two volumes. A new System of Husbandry, from long experience in several Kingdoms; never before made public. With tables shewing the expence and profit of each Crop; how to stock Farms to the best advantage; how the Crops are to follow each other, by way of rotation; and how to maintain the poor well, and lower the poor-cess likewise, Some Hints, humbly offered to the Legislature, on inclosing commons and open town-fields. With Several Plans of new-invented Machines; some valueable Receipts for the Cure of Cattle, &c. &c. To which is prefixed a short Abstract of the author's Life and Travels. By a Real Farmer.

Description: FIRST EDITION, 2 vols., with 4 folding woodcuts (bound as per Gaskell, and the Directions to Book-Binders) and 3 folding tables, uniformly slightly browned, slightly heavier in places in vol. ii, a few spots here and there, pp. [iv], [iv, Subscribers], lxxvi, 308; [iv], 398, 8vo in 4s, contemporary sprinkled calf, spines gilt in compartments, contrasting lettering pieces, a bit rubbed at extremities and spines dulled, knock to upper edge of lower board to vol. ii, engraved armorial bookplate of George Thomas Leaton (before 1827, when Blenkinsop was added to his name), Rothamsted stamp inside front covers

Publication Details: Glasgow: Printed for the Author, by Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1768

Notes: A scarce and important work, to which Fussell devotes 4 pages. 'Almost all the "rustick authors" of the eighteenth century proclaimed loudly that their writings were the results of their own practical experience on the land. Their statements were emphatic, but they did not as a rule support them with the story of their lives. No rule is withourt its exception, and one of them, not content with signing himself "A Real Farmer" [now identified as Varlo], prefaced his book ... with an autobiography ... as romantic as the contemporary picaresque novel' (Fussell). ESTC locates 6 copies in the UK (3 ...more

Bibliography: (Gaskell 480 ('Paper: Poor quality'); Perkins 1215 (author not identified, printer given as J. Reid, Edinburgh); ESTC T56257)

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Price: £2,500

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1768

Stock Number: 63464

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