POTTS, Thomas (1778-1842)
The British Farmer's Cyclopædia; or, Complete Agricultural Dictionary; including Every Science or Subject Dependant On, or Connected With, Improved Modern Husbandry: With the Breeding, Feeding, and Management of Live Stock; the Modern Art
London: W. Flint, 1807. Quarto. (10 3/8 x 8 inches). pp., plus 42 engraved plates, most printed in colors and hand-finished. Text in two columns. Without the engraved additional title. Creases to first few leaves.
Contemporary red morocco, covers bordered in gilt and blind, flat spine gilt.
Provenance: Thomas Jones (early signature on title); Eyre Evans (armorial bookplate and Ash Hill estate in gilt on upper cover dated 1820); Lawes Agricultural Trust (inked stamp)
First edition, with hand-colored plates, of a noted agricultural dictionary.
Thomas Potts was an English lawyer and writer who was known for compiling agricultural reference books. This farming dictionary starts with the "Abolition of Tythes," a plan on abolishing the direct tax on agricultural earnings, and ends with "Yorkshire-White," the perennial flower, covering an immense number of topics in between. The colored engravings found at the end of the dictionary, mainly depict livestock, machinery, flowers, among other agricultural entries. Contemporary ads reveal the work was published over the course of a year in twelve monthly parts, thus offering to the public "the essential practical parts of everything hitherto written on the subject of agriculture."