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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Elements of Agricultural Chemistry.

DAVY (Sir Humphrey).

DAVY (Sir Humphrey).

Elements of Agricultural Chemistry, in a Course of Lectures for the Board of Agriculture.

Engraved frontispiece and nine plates (one folding).

First Edition. 4to. [285 x 216 x 35 mm]. viii, 323, [1], lxiii, [v] pp. Bound in contemporary half brown russia, marbled paper sides, the spine divided into six panels with gilt fillets, lettered in the second panel, marlbed endleaves, marbled edges. (The sides a little rubbed).
London: by W. Bulmer and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, and A. Constable and Co. in Edinburgh, 1813.

The endleaves are lightly foxed and there is some light off-setting from the plates. A very good copy of the first edition of the first work to seriously attempt to apply chemistry to agriculture and the work which effectively introduced the era of scientific farming to Great Britain. The lectures at the Board of Agriculture in London were delivered by Davy annually between 1802 and 1812. The Appendix is "An Account of the Results of Experiments on the Produce and Nutritive Qualities of Different Grasses, and other Plants, used as the Food of Animals. Instituted by John Duke of Bedford".

Contemporary "Corbollis" bookplate of Thomas Lee Norman of Corbollis House, Co. Louth, Ireland.

Stock no. ebc3770

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