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A Compleat Body of Husbandry. Containing Rules for performing, in the most profitable Manner, the Whole Business of the Farmer, and Country Gentleman, In Cultivating, Planing, and Stocking of Land;
LONDON: T Osborne and J Shipton; J Hodges; T Trye; S Crowder and H Woodgate, 1756 A fair copy of the 1st edition in contemporary full leather binding with engraved frontispiece, a further 12 engraved plates (one folding) and a rare vignette on improvement of hedge fences. The work was originally issued in weekly numbers priced at 6 pence each. The binding has raised bands and red title label, and is complete but the spine has worn at the hinges which have cracked - although the boards are still attached - and there is wear and scuffing to spine and boards. There is an armorial bookplate of Sir George Strickland on the front pastedown - the coat of arms are those of the 5th Baronet (1729 - 1808) who lived at Boynton near Bridlington and was High Sheriff for the County.The fep and a preliminary are stained and detached. The frontispiece has some water staining. With title page, preface, contents listing, various testimonials and text. The contents are generally clean apart from text and plates at the beginning and very end of the work where there is some damp staining. P 135 has a small hole with very slight text loss and elsewhere there are a few small repaired paper tears. There is a publisher's advert at the rear (for Dr Synge) and the rear blank page and endpapers are stained. A comprehensive work giving a clear picture of agricultural practise and thought in the mid 1700's. With decorative head and tail pieces
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