Letters to the Right Honourable and Honourable the Dublin Society, on the Culture of the Potatoes from the Shoots.

One folding printed table. 96 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Dublin: Printed by W. Sleater, 1794.

First edition and very rare; ESTC locates only one copy in North America. The first of Rev. Maunsell’s two letters is dated from Limerick, in February 1793; there are also numerous affidavits, testimonials, etc., relating to his recommendations. The cultivation of the potato was much more widespread in Ireland at this period than it was in England; under the guidance of the Board of Agriculture, however, it soon became an important crop in all parts of Britain. “Maunsell was a controversial figure…not everyone agreed with him.”–Fussell, III, p. 17.

A fine copy, complete with the half-title and folding table.

❧ Henrey, II, pp. 208, 599, & 614 & no. 1051.

Price: $1,750.00

Item ID: 6468

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