A New System of Husbandry. From many years Experience, with Tables shewing the Expence and Profit of each Crop. That a Farm of a 150 Acres will clear 402l, 4s. sterl. a Year. How to stock Farms to the best Advantage, How the Crops are to follow each other by Way of Rotation. Of Trench-Ploughing, shewing how to raise good Crops without Manure. On Rearing, Breeding, and a new discovered Cheap Food for Cattle. Of Cabbage and Turnip Husbandry. Of the Naked Wheat, with many other new discovered Grains and Grasses suitable for the Land and Climate of America. Also shewing the great profit of Rabbit Warrens, and how to stock them. A Farmer's and Kitchen Garden Calendar. Of all Sorts of Manures, Marls, Clays, Sands, &c. A new invented Thrashing Floor. Also many chosen Receipts in Physic and Surgery, for the Human Species, and others for the cure of all Sorts of Cattle. To which are annexed a few Hints humbly offered for the perusal of the Legislators of America. Charles VARLO.

A New System of Husbandry. From many years Experience, with Tables shewing the Expence and Profit of each Crop. That a Farm of a 150 Acres will clear 402l, 4s. sterl. a Year. How to stock Farms to the best Advantage, How the Crops are to follow each other by Way of Rotation. Of Trench-Ploughing, shewing how to raise good Crops without Manure. On Rearing, Breeding, and a new discovered Cheap Food for Cattle. Of Cabbage and Turnip Husbandry. Of the Naked Wheat, with many other new discovered Grains and Grasses suitable for the Land and Climate of America. Also shewing the great profit of Rabbit Warrens, and how to stock them. A Farmer's and Kitchen Garden Calendar. Of all Sorts of Manures, Marls, Clays, Sands, &c. A new invented Thrashing Floor. Also many chosen Receipts in Physic and Surgery, for the Human Species, and others for the cure of all Sorts of Cattle. To which are annexed a few Hints humbly offered for the perusal of the Legislators of America...

Folding printed table in Vol. I. (with a short tear). 9 p.l., iv, [17]-364 pp.; 4 p.l., [5]-368 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. sheep (rubbed, occasional browning), spines gilt, red leather lettering pieces on spines. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, 1785.

First American edition of the most substantial agricultural text yet published in the United States; it was published during Varlo’s unsuccessful sojourn in America (see below). Varlo (ca. 1725-ca. 1795), was an agriculturist and inventor of a number of agricultural machines. The present book was first published in York in 1770.

“In 1784, while he was living in Sloane Square, in London, Varlo became involved in a somewhat ludicrous episode. He had bought papers and charters supposedly granted by Charles I to Sir Edward Plowden, entitling him to colonize New Albion (later New Jersey) in America. This attempt at colonization had failed and in Charles II’s reign the charter was superseded by a new grant to the duke of York. Armed with his papers (which were probably forgeries), Varlo went out to the American colonies in 1784 hoping to be recognized as governor of the province of New Jersey and to take over one-third of the territory. The case was tried before the colonial courts, but Varlo’s claim was dismissed…Before returning to England he travelled for a year through New England, Maryland, and Virginia (where he met George Washington).”–ODNB.

The present American edition has been significantly revised. The preliminary leaves in the first volume vary from copy to copy: this has six preliminary leaves of subscribers, four for Philadelphia and two for Boston and other parts of New England.

Some browning but a nice set.

❧ Evans 19338. Rink, Technical America, 1100. Sabin 98636.

Price: $1,500.00

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