SOCIETY OF GENTLEMEN
The Complete Farmer: or, a General Dictionary of Husbandry, in all its branches ... the Second Edition, corrected and improved
London: R. Baldwin [and others], 1769. Quarto. , 111, , pp. Engraved frontispiece, 27 engraved folding plates.
Contemporary smooth tan calf, spine with raised bands in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece
Among the foremost publications on rural and agrarian matters in the late 18th century.
A lovely example of an influential dictionary of information on agriculture and husbandry, written by a member of the Royal Society of Arts under the pseudonym a Society of Gentlemen. First issued in 1756, the work was published in weekly numbers until 1768. The present 1769 second edition followed. The work contains information and engravings related to cultivating and improving land; of breeding, managing, and fattening cattle; of curing the various diseases; and more. Included in the rear, with its own pagination and sectional title, is a gardener's calendar.