A Dissertation on the Nature of Soils, and the Properties of Manure; to which is added, the Method of Making a Universal Compost ...
London: Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper, 1833. Octavo. (8 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches). , 141, [1, blank], [2, blank], 3-35, [1, blank]pp., plus 12-pp publisher's ads. Half-title.
Publisher's paper-backed boards, covers detached, spine perished.
Provenance: Rothamsted Laboratory (inked stamp on title)
Early work on soil and composting.
This work includes chapters on crop rotation, soils, manure, plant food, and compost formation. In the introduction, the author describes and advocates for a "universal compost" made of vegetable alkali (English potash), animal fat (or common oil), mineral alkali (common salt), and lime. The anonymous author "dedicates his work to Sir John Sinclair, Foster Father of Agriculture. His universal compost was a substitute for manure and could be manufactured by everyone at small expense to supply the deficiency which existed all over the United Kingdom" (Fussell).
Fussell, III: p. 163.