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A Treatise on the Culture of Wheat, recommending - FORBES (William Orson) or LOU - 1812. 
London: Printed by Murray and Slatter Oxford Sold by J. Harding 1812 - FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 225 x 140, pp. xx, 238 [239 Errata, 240 blank], original boards with new spine, uncut, paper label on spine; a fine copy. Inscribed on the front paste-down end-paper: "Alan Bellingham/ 10 May 1814/ a present from the Author," with "William Orson Forbes" written below; on top margin of recto of front free end-paper "Alan Cunningham/ 26 July 1827"; and on top margin of title-page: "[Alastair] Bellingham/ 1824." The work was reviewed at length in The Farmer's Magazine (1812), though not entirely without some misgivings: "A vast profusion of work is displayed in this work; and it will be a pity if the author's indiscriminate censure of proprietors, bailiffs, and farmers, should prevent them from benefiting by his system, particularly on strong wet clays, and upland moors. The vanity and confidence of this writer can only be equalled by his ignorance of his subject." Perkins 1055. The catalogue of the Perkins Library at Southampton University ascribes the authorship of the volume to John Claudius Loudon, though the compiler acknowledges that this title does not appear in any of the standard sources on Loudon's career. The presentation inscription in this volume would seem to suggest the authorship as William Orson Forbes, but the author dedicates his treatise to George Frederic Stratton, who engaged John Claudius Loudon to design his garden at the manor house and gardens, Great Tew, Oxfordshire. Just to complicate matters, The European Magazine, And London Review for 1820, page 232, alludes to the work as having been written, by a William Orson and William Forbes. Copac locates copies at BL, Cambridge, NLS, Bodleian, and Southampton University. No copies located in North American libraries. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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