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A New and Compendious System of Husbandry - WINTER, George - 1787. 
One folding engraved plate. vi, , 359 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (well-rebacked), double gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, orig. red morocco lettering piece on spine. Bristol: printed by W. Routh; sold by Mrs. E. Newberry, London; Mr. Shiercliff, Bristol; Mr. W. Stevenson, Norwich; Mr. B.C. Collins, Salisbury; and Messrs. Goadby and Co. Sherborne, 1787. First edition. Winter (fl. 1787-1801),was a practical agriculturalist whose chief purpose was to advertise his patent drill machine. His invention is depicted in two views on the engraved plate. This book was rather roughly handled by the Monthly Review, and in 1788 he published a reply to his critic, The Farmer Convinced, under the pseudonym "Benjamin Bramble." The 16-page list of subscribers - printed on different paper and obviously inserted in copies after the book was printed - includes the following note: "Books were left at the Exchange and Bristol Coffee-Houses, for the purpose of subscribing; whereby the author might be the better enabled to ascertain the number of copies to be printed." Fine copy of a scarce book. Contemporary signature of John Darby on title. Modern ownership signature on free front paste-down of the historian of British agriculture G.D. Fussell, "March 1941." ? Fussell II, pp. 131-32-"His book may be taken to reflect the current ideas about farming in his locality." Roscoe A634(1).
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