COLMAN, Henry (1785-1849)
First [- Fourth] Report on the Agriculture of Massachusetts
Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1838-1839-1840-1841. Four volumes in two, 8vo. 3 plates, including a large, folding illustrated and hand colored letterpress table regarding silk worms.
Contemporary smooth calf, spine with semi-raised bands, green morocco lettering pieces, marbled endpapers
Provenance: Lawes Agricultural Trust (inked stamp)
Scarce complete set of the first official agricultural report of Massachusetts.
A retired Unitarian minister, Colman was an avid agriculturalist and farmed 200 acres at the confluence of the Deerfield and Connecticut rivers. A frequent contributor to agricultural journals and a member of various agricultural societies, he was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to conduct the first legislatively authorized agricultural survey of the state. "It was a massive project, organized along seven lines of inquiry. He would describe the various crops grown around the state, new methods of improving wastelands, silk and other novel productions, the various manures in use or available, improved livestock, new machinery and the results of farm experiments. The survey, as Colman defined it, would describe current farm practices, but would emphasize recent innovations in order to encourage their adoption around the state" (Marti). Scarce, with no other complete set in the auction records.
Donald B. Marti, "The Reverend Henry Colman's Agricultural Ministry" in Agricultural History, Vol. 51, No. 3 (Jul., 1977), pp. 524-539.