Randall's Semi-Virgilian Husbandry

The Semi-Virgilian Husbandry


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[000303] Randall, Mr [John]. The Semi-Virgilian Husbandry, Deduced from Various Experiments: Or an Essay Towards a New Course of National Farming Etc. Etc.. London: B. Law, Thomas Field and John Wilkie, 1764. First Edition. 8vo. Full Calf. Good+. lxiii, [1], 356pp; 11pp, [1], plates. Contemporary full speckled calf, raised bands, spine in six panels, morocco title label to second panel, remaining panels with volute corner pieces and central floral spray in gilt, gilt roll to edges.

Small splits to head of upper and lower joints, couple of small patches of abrasion to leather with loss to gilt at head of spine, small amount of loss to leather towards lower part of upper joint, extremities slightly rubbed. Endpaper and pastedowns browned to edges with armorial bookplate of Sir Edmund Antrobus to front pastedown. With three plates, two folding and interesting advertisement leaves for Randall’s school in York.

Fussell notes that the book “pointed out the advantages of the Tullian system, especially when it was carried out with the aid of the implements designed by Mr Randall … and I, (Fussell) too, feel that it played an important part in spreading the drill husbandry gospel” (Fussell, ‘More Old English Farming Books).

Fussell, pages 58-61; Goldsmiths 9962, Higgs 3098 and Rothamsted Catalogue, page 107