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Title: Select Essays on Husbandry. Extracted from the Museum Rusticum, and Foreign Essays on Agriculture. Containing A Variety of Experiments, all of which have been found to succeed in Scotland.
Description: Edinburgh: Printed for John Balfour, 1767. FIRST EDITION. 8vo (in 4s), 202 x 122 mms., pp. [ii], viii, 408, 2 engraved plates, one folding chart at end, contemporary calf,, spine richly gilt in compartments; front joint cracked and tender, lacks label, corners worn, with the contemporary autograph "Henry Williams" on title-page. John Balfour (1715 - 1795) was one half of the Hamilton and Balfour printing and publishing firm; the partnership was dissolved in 1762, and Balfour continued to publish by himself and became a well-known importer of French books. The first essay in the volume, "Reasons why farming so often proves unprofitable," is probably as relevant in the 21st century as it was in the late 18th.

Keywords: agriculture technology prose Scottish Enlightenment

Price: GBP 275.00 = appr. US$ 392.70 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 7266

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