Five folding engraved plates. xvi, 134 pp., one leaf of directions to the binder. 8vo, cont. calf, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: J. Debrett, 1792.
Third edition, enlarged, of this work specifically on the cultivation of water meadows, first published in 1779. “Francis Forbes had recommended water meadows and had given some instruction how to make and manage them, and several other previous writers had done the same, while the actual practice had been fairly common in parts of Wiltshire and Berkshire, Gloucester and Dorset for at least two centuries…The methods of construction and management were only to be found, of course, by seeking through a mass of general information, and some one came to the conclusion that a specific treatise on the subject was necessary. A suggestion was made to George Boswell of Piddletown, Dorset, a local expert, that he should write such a book.”–Fussell, II, p. 121.
In the present edition Boswell vigorously replies to criticisms levelled at him by the Rev. Thomas Wright in his pamphlet An Account of the Advantage and Method of Watering Meadows (1789).
A very fine copy.
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