The Description and Use of the new Invented Patent Universal Sowing Machine, for Broad-Casting or Drilling every Kind of Grain, Pulse, and Seed, particularly Beans, Pease, Tares, Wheat, Barley, Clover, Oats, Rye, Cole-Seed, Hemp, Flax, Canary, Rape, Lucerne, Trefoil, Turnips, &c. with a regularity not to be equalled by any other Method; by which the Produce of every Crop will be greatly increased; and, at the same time a very considerable saving made in the Seed, and in the expence attending the Culture. John HORN.

A New Kind of Sowing Machine

The Description and Use of the new Invented Patent Universal Sowing Machine, for Broad-Casting or Drilling every Kind of Grain, Pulse, and Seed, particularly Beans, Pease, Tares, Wheat, Barley, Clover, Oats, Rye, Cole-Seed, Hemp, Flax, Canary, Rape, Lucerne, Trefoil, Turnips, &c. with a regularity not to be equalled by any other Method; by which the Produce of every Crop will be greatly increased; and, at the same time a very considerable saving made in the Seed, and in the expence attending the Culture.

One large folding engraved frontis. plate & one folding plate. 2 p.l., 43, [1] pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Canterbury: Printed for the Author…, 1786.

First edition and very rare; ESTC locates only one copy in North America. Following Jethro Tull’s invention and perfection of the seed drill, there were numerous others who developed modifications and improvements. The great advance made by Horn, a resident of Dover, was to design and patent a sowing machine that could plant every kind of seed. Pages 36-43 contain a minute description of the ten figures on the frontispiece, which depict the various parts of the sowing machine, with details on price, how to order, transportation and delivery issues, etc.

Minor foxing but a fine copy.

❧ Fussell, II, p. 126. Fussell, The Farmer’s Tools, p. 104.

Price: $2,750.00

Item ID: 6459

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