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HUNTER, Alexander
Georgical essays
1777. <i>Carrots for Seamen</i><br />HUNTER, Alexander. Georgical essays. York: A. Ward, et al., 1777. <br />8vo. Three folding plates. 2 p.l., 530, [4] pp., followed by one leaf of advertisements. Contemporary mottled-calf, red morocco lettering piece on spine. <br />A later edition, but with new material added. As the advertisement states: "The whole impression of these Essays in small Octavo being sold off, the Editor has been advised to reprint them in the present form. This volume contains several additional papers, which may be had separate for the convenience of such Gentlemen as have done honour to the Editor by purchasing the former Edition in four volumes." Essays include "On the sexes of plants" by Robert Pierson; "On the preparation of carrots for the use of seamen on long voyages" by Hunter; "A method of raising the pine apple with oak leaves instead of tanners' bark" by William Speechly, and numerous others. "Hunter was born at Edinburgh in 1729, obtained his M.D. at the University there in 1753 and studied in London, Paris, and Rouen. He opened a practice as a physician at Gainsborough, went on to Beverley and thence to York, where he died in 1809. Honours came to him. He was elected F.R.S. in 1777, F.R.S.E. in 1790, and was made an Honorary Member of the Board of Agriculture founded in 1793. Besides his work as a doctor, which enabled him to establish the York Lunatic Asylum, and his writings on farming, Hunter wrote a cookery book and dealt with other subjects as well." - Fussell, <i>Old Farming Books</i>, Vol. II, p. 92. An especially fine copy.
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