The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.
Represented under several plain and distinct articles; wherein may be seen the Indirect Practices of several Stewards, tending to Lessen, and the several Methods likely to Improve their Lords Estates. To which is added an appendix, shewing the way to plenty, proposed to the farmers; wherein are laid down general Rules and Directions for the Management and Improvement of a Farm. Both Design'd originally for the Use of the several Stewards and Tenants of His Grace the Duke of Buckingham, and now Improv'd and publish'd for the general Use and Interest of All the Nobility and Gentry throughout England. By Edward Laurence, Land-Surveyor.London: Printed for John Shuckburgh, 1727 Stock Code: 124698
First edition. A major work on rural estate management by the Northamptonshire land surveyor Edward Laurence (1634-1739), renowned in his day for his knowledge of agriculture and for the manuscript maps he produced for landowners. The present work proposes modernisation, including cultivating new crops and enclosing small farms into larger farms. Laurence worked for the Duke of Buckingham, with the work dedicated to the Duchess.
Quarto (248 x 195 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked with compartments of original spine laid down, red morocco label.
With 2 double-page engraved plates.
Contemporary ownership signature to pastedown. Covers a little marked, tips worn, a few small nicks and chips to page extremities. A very good copy.
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