Praised by Arthur Young

A Plan and Description of a Drill Plough, which sows all Kinds of Grain or Seeds, and any Quantity, at an Distance or Depth, from Three Feet to Ten Inches, upon Ridges or Flat Land; or sows Four equal distant Rows at One Foot, or Three at One foot and Half, or Two rows at Ten Inches. With Some Different Constructions of Drills.

Three folding engraved plates. 32 pp. 8vo, cont. half-calf & marbled boards (upper joint a little cracked but strong), flat spine lettered in gilt. London: T. Hookham, 1786.

First edition and very rare; WorldCat locates no copy in North America. Following Jethro Tull’s invention and perfection of the seed drill, there were numerous others who developed modifications and further improvements. The text of this anonymous work describes the construction of William Winlaw’s drill ploughs in great detail — as illustrated on the fine plates. The ploughs were available from “Winlaw, Engine-maker, Margaret Street, Cavendish Square.” He also invented a very successful threshing machine.

Arthur Young considered Winlaw’s drill ploughs as “having very great merit.”–Fussell, The Farmer’s Tools, p. 104.

Fine copy. Stamp of the Lawes Agricultural Trust on front paste-down.

Price: $2,500.00

Item ID: 6473