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The Farmer's Magazine, and Useful Family Companion.

[SYLVAN (Agricola) - pseud.].

[SYLVAN (Agricola) - pseud.].

The Farmer's Magazine, and Useful Family Companion. Consisting of Practical Essays, Dissertations, and Remarks, on the Different Branches of Husbandry, Including a great variety of Modern Improvments; A Miscellaneous Collection of Valuable Family Receipts, Recommended from Experience; Useful Hints and curious Observations from the Philosophical Transactions, the Society for the Encouragment of Arts, &c. With some select Pieces of Poetry; And a candid Review of every New Treatise on Agriculture, Gardening, &c. Volume II [-V]. Illustrated with Copper-plates. By Agricola Sylvan, Gentleman.

Vol.2 with folding frontispiece and five plates; vol.3 with folding frontispiece and three plates; vol.4 with seven plates; vol.5 with folding "General Directions for the Driver of the Rolling Waggon" and folding table.

4 volumes. 8vo. [ 229 x 140 x 130 mm]. 200, [199]-294, 303-310, 303-435, [3] pp; 216, [209]-397, [3] pp; 382, [2] pp; 32, [16], 33-360 pp. Bound in contemporary quarter calf, marbled paper sides, the spines divided into six panels and lettered in the second on a red goatskin label, plain endleaves, uncut edges. (Label on vol.3 defective, headcaps chipped, rubbed).
Printed for W. Goldsmith, No.24 Pater-Noster Row, London; and R. Cruttwell in Bath, 1777.

The full series ran to five volumes, and this is missing vol.1. It is made up of parts, issued monthly between April 1776 and December 1780. ESTC has three entries for the work which between them locate nine copies : British Library, Wellcome Institute, Huntington; Bodleian, New York Public Library, U.S. National Agricultural Library, University of Texas; Bodleian, University of London.

Although the spines are worn these are very good copies, with uncut edges and with just a little light spotting to pp. 135-160 in vol.5. In the same volume 8 leaves from another agricultural work have been bound in between pp.32 and 33.

ESTC also adds a helpful note: "Articles on farming and rural life, including information on world wide agricultural practices, country by country, with spefic advice on crops, new machinery, and costs and profits. Includes poetry selections, reviews of new books, occasional correspondence" and "Tables show weather, crop yields, prices, farm expenses". Fussell, More Old English Farming Books, from Tull to the Board of Agriculture 1731 to 1793, notes that Donald McDonald claimed that "Agricola Sylvan" was a pseudonym used by Henry Home, Lord Kames, but then adds "on what grounds I do not know"!

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