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Ellis's Husbandry, abridged and methodized - ELLIS, William - 1772. 
Engraved frontis. in Vol. I. xx, 516 pp.; 3 p.l., 528,  pp. Two vols. 8vo, 19th-cent. green half-calf & marbled boards (some foxing), flat spines richly gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: W. Nicoll, 1772. First edition of this abridgement of the author's most important book, The Modern Husbandman, which appeared in installments, ending in 1744. Ellis (ca. 1700-58), agriculturalist and writer, made his name through his early works. He and Jethro Tull were the two dominant figures in the development of new farming techniques in England during the first half of the 18th century. "Farmers in all parts of the country asked him to visit and report on their farms. He travelled over the country giving advice and observing different farming methods. He added to his income by travelling as an agent for seeds and farming implements."-ODNB. Fine set and quite scarce. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Lalor Gregg with his signature on both titles. ? Fussell, II, pp. 6-14.
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