Observations in Husbandry.
by LISLE, Edward.
London: J. Hughes, 1757. Large 4t o, early ruled calf (front board detached). Pp. xvi, 450, . Fine engraved frontispiece portrait. Apart from an unfortunate (but not too large) library stamp smack in the middle of the title page, and some insignificant marginal worming, a fine copy, needing rebinding, of this handsomely printed work. First edition, edited posthumously from the author's ms. notes by his son Thomas. The period covered is from the end of the 17th century, up to about 1715. Lisle's work is a true first hand experience account, with names of his farmer acquaintances and their practices and advice, interspersed with the recommendations of standard writers. "[Lisle's work] is just the evidence a modern historian wants. It tells how farming was done by named farmers living in specified places."--Fussel, p. 95. This 4to format is scarce. Perkins 1021.. (Inventory #: 531)