WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)
Letters from His Excellency General Washington, to Arthur Young ... containing an account of his husbandry, with a map of his farm; his opinions on various questions in agriculture; and many particulars of the rural economy of the United States
London: Printed by B. McMillan, 1801. 8vo. vi, 172pp. Engraved folding map of Mt. Vernon.
Nineteenth century flexible black morocco, expertly rebacked to style, marbled endpapers and edges
First edition of Washington and Young's correspondence on agricultural matters.
These letters offer perhaps the best picture from his own pen of Washington as an agriculturist and plantation owner, seeking to improve both his own lands and those of his country through correspondence with the leading British agricultural theorist.
Arthur Young (1741-1820) was a noted British agriculturist with whom Washington established a lively correspondence during his retirement. With the responsibilities of administering his estate at Mount Vernon, Washington sought to gain a deeper understanding of the most successful modes of farming available. Correspondence published here also includes letters from Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. The folding engraved map of Mount Vernon by Neele is after Washington's own drawing.
Sabin 101719; Howes W138.