1724 A Treatise Concerning the Manner of Fallowing of Ground, Raising of Grass-Seeds, and Training of Lint and Hemp, for the Increase and Improvement of the Linnen-Manufactories in Scotland
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Uncommon
The first edition of this work. An uncommon work. Illustrated with five folding plates, and two plates. This work is an octavo, with the signatures running as A-K8, L7. A fascinating work discussing various aspects of agriculture, focussing on fallowing ground, raising grass-seeds, and training lint and hemp. The advice is focussed on Scotland, the soils that can be found in Scotland, intending to provide the materials to stimulate the linen trade. The work also goes into detail of the production of linen, illustrated further by the plates. Linen manufacture was the primary industry in Scotland in the eighteenth century, and help light the spark of the industrial revolution in Scotland, eventually leading onto the cotton, jute, and woollen industries. Chapters 5-8 incorporate Lewis Crommelin's essay towards improving the manufacturing of hempen and flaxen in Ireland. Crommelin was the director of an Irish linen business following his exile from France. Following the 1696 parliament act admitting all products of hemp and flax to be duty free from Ireland to England, he ordered looms from Flanders and Holland. He was intrinsic to the introduction of Huguenot weavers to Ireland. His writings, which are cited in this work, was one of the earliest Irish books on Irish industry. Published by the Honourable Society for Improving in the Knowledge of Agriculture. This was the first agricultural society in Europe, forming in June 1723. The work has been variously attributed to both William Macintosh and Richard Bradley, though it is also thought that large portions of the work was written by Sir Thomas Hope. Sir Thomas Hope was the first president of the Honourable Society for Improving in the Knowledge of Agriculture. Robert Maxwell was the secretary of the Honourable Society for Improving in the Knowledge of Agriculture, and wrote 'The Practical Husbandman' and 'The Practical Beemaster'. Prior owner's ink inscription to the title page, 'William Tomlinson'.
Rebacked full calf, with the original boards retained. Externally, generally smart. Light rubbing and marking to the boards. A little discolouration to the spine. A small amount of loss of leather to the rear board. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are light age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot. Leaf A2 is lifting to the tail. Closed tear to the margin of page 3/4. Small loss to the gutter and bottom edge of page 33/34, not affecting text, with a closed tear to the following page in the same corner.
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