Agricultural State of the Kingdom, in February, March, and April, 1816;
Being the Substance of the Replies to a Circular Letter sent by the Board of Agriculture to Every Part of the Kingdom.London: Printed by B. McMillan, 1816 Stock Code: 124796
First edition, with the printing split between McMillan and with Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, without known priority of issue. The Board of Agriculture had been founded in 1793 to promote agricultural improvement, and they had published numerous reports on the state of agriculture in various counties. In February 1816 the Board of Agriculture issued a letter to farmers and landowners across Britain, requesting their views on the agricultural situation, which at the time was facing post-war instability. This collection of 127 responses is an excellent contemporary resource for the state of British agriculture in the immediate aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, which saw the start of an agricultural depression which lasted many years. The responses on the whole are pessimistic, and the book's publication aroused substantial debate in the journals of the time.
Octavo (225 x 138 mm). Uncut, and mostly unopened, in original boards, spine lettered by a contemporary hand.
Some light wear to extremities, occasional minor foxing to pages, a few pages lightly creased, else a very good copy.
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