Two folding engraved plates. xvi, 427 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (upper joint with tiny split at foot), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Edinburgh: printed by A. Donaldson & J. Reid; for the Author, and A. Donaldson; sold by A. Millar et al., London, 1762.
First edition. The author’s first book, and one of the most important Scottish agricultural treatises of the 18th century. Dickson (1721-76), was a clergyman in Dunse with a strong interest in the techniques of farming. The text here is divided into four parts: on vegetation, tillage, manures, and soil. The underlying principle which runs throughout the book is that English works on agriculture were ill-suited to the soil and climate of Scotland. An expanded version of this work was published in Edinburgh in 1770, in two volumes.
A nice copy.
❧ Fussell II, pp. 55-56.
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