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Essays Relating to Agriculture and Rural - [ANDERSON, James] - 1775. 
â€¦By a Farmer. Three folding engraved plates. xxxiii, , 472 pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. calf (head of spine a bit chipped), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Edinburgh: T. Cadell, 1775. First edition of Anderson's first book on farming; it was an enormously popular work which went through at least seven editions. Anderson (1739-1808), was an agriculturist and political economist. "His most striking characteristic was the combination of an intense interest in the practical working of some machine or object with a strong grasp of theory. He was an early adherent of the principles of political economy, and is held to have been in the subject's mainstream of development. He also carried out various experiments and was noted for his use of the newly designed two-horse plough at Monkshill. His long-term reputation rests on a large body of publications; pamphlets, newspapers, and articles in other people's works, for which he is said to have had at least fourteen aliases: Agricola, Timoleon, Germanicus, Cimon, Scoto-Britannicus, E., Aberdeen, Henry Plain, Impartial, A Scot, Senex, Timothy Hairbrain, Alcibiades, and Monsoon."-ODNB. Fine copy with the armorial bookplate of George Paterson of Castle Huntly. ? Fussell, II, pp. 104-07.
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