[BLACKWELL, Alexander (c. 1700-1747)]
A new method of improving cold, wet, and barren lands: Particularly Clayey-Grounds. With The Manner of burning Clay, Turf, and Mole-Hills; as practised in North-Britain. To which is added, The Method of cultivating and raising Fruit Trees in such Soils
London: J. Walthoe, 1741. 8vo. [8, including preliminary blank],xv,,121,pp. 8 engraved folding plates. Publisher's ad facing the title.
Contemporary mottled calf, covers bordered with a gilt double filet, spine with raised bands in six compartments, black morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, expert repairs to joints, marbled endpapers
Scarce 18th cenutry work on gardening, written anonymously by Elizabeth Blackwell's husband.
"After Elizabeth Blackwell completed her work [A Curious Herball in 1739] her husband became director of improvements in the service of James Brydges, Duke of Chandos, who at the time was planning the grounds of his splendid mansion of Canons in the parish of Little Stanmore in Middlesex, half a mile northwest of Edgware ... In 1741 he was the author [of this] anonymous pamphlet ... [He] remained in England until 1742 when he went to Sweden as an agricultural expert and received the Royal manor of Allestad, eight kilometers from Ljung, to live in. Here he remained for several years. In his Wastgota Resa published in 1747, Linnaeus recounts a visit paid in 1746 to Blackwell who was very willing to show him what he had accomplished regarding the establishment of a garden, planting of hops, manuring soil, and so on" (Henrey). Blackwell would become involved in a scheme to interfere with the Swedish Royal succession and was executed.
The plates include images of various farming implements, as well as schematics for platforms of related use. A Swedish edition would be published in 1746. Scarce, with no examples in the auction records.
ESTC T56685; Goldsmiths' 7820; Henrey 449.