A Six Weeks Tour,
through the Southern Counties of England and Wales. Describing particularly, I. The present State of Agriculture and Manufactures. II. The different Methods of cultivating the Soil. III. The Success attending some late Experiments on various Grasses, &c. IV. The various Prices of Labour and Privisions. V. The State of the Working Poor in those Counties, wherein the Riots were most remarkable. With Descriptions and Models of such invented Implements of Husbandry as deserve to be generally known: interspersed with Accounts of the Seats of the Nobility and Gentry, and other Objects worthy of Notice. In several Letters to a Friend. By the Author of the Farmer's Letters.London : 1768 Stock Code: 129637
NotesFirst edition of Young's second book, following The Farmer's Letters to the People of England (also 1768). "Arthur Young, like Jethro Tull, was a great agricultural reformer whose influence reached far beyond his own country. England, however, with its increased acreage of cultivated land resulting from the enclosure system, and the consequent rise of great landowners and farmers in the eighteenth century, especially welcomed innovations in agricultural methods. Arthur Young applied statistical methods to the study of agriculture, investigating both the statistics of production and the costs of this particular industry. He obtained his information from a series of extensive tours in England, Ireland and France, where he studied the state of agriculture at first hand. These journeys resulted in the publication of about two hundred and fifty books and pamphlets setting out his ideas and theories" (PMM).
With the bookplate of John Bacon Sawrey Morritt of Rokeby Park, (1772-1843). An English traveller and classical scholar, Morritt travelled to Greece in an attempt to find Troy, and in 1798 published a defence of the historicity of the city despite his failure to find it. He later became a Whig politician, and in 1813 purchased the Rokeby Venus, now in the National Gallery.
Octavo (200 x 123 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, red morocco label, gilt floral motifs to compartments, red speckled edges.
Wood-engraved illustrations of farm machinery in the text.
Half-title present. Front joint cracking but firm, tiny wear to tips, some toning to initial page extremities but clean thereafter, light offsets from woodcuts. A very good copy.
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