Young, Arthur. A Six Months Tour Through the North of England. Containing, an Account of the Present State of Agriculture, Manufactures and Population, in Several Counties of This Kingdom. London, Salisbury and Edinburgh: W. Strahan; W. Nicoll; B. Collins and J. Balfour, 1770. First Edition. 8vo. Full Calf. Very Good. Four volumes complete – Volume One – , iv, iii-xxv, , 401pp, ; Volume Two – , vi, 502pp; Volume Three – vii, , 440pp and Volume Four – viii, 596pp. Later full tree calf by Zaehnsdorf, raised bands, spines in six panels, title label to second panel, contrasting volume label to third with matching armorial label to sixth panel, remaining panels gilt with central gilt device and volute corner pieces, gilt roll frame to edges of covers, gilt roll to board edges, blind roll to inner edges, marbled endpapers and marbled edges.
Minor rubbing to extremities, very minor chipping to foot of spine of volume four. Internally lightly browned, a few spots of foxing, in volume three there is a small hole to bottom margin of Z3 (not affecting text), otherwise fairly bright and clean. Previous owners morocco book plate to front pastedowns (W.A. Foyle – Beeleigh Abbey).
With twenty-eight plates (including fourteen folding and six folding tables as called for.
An attractive set with good provenance.
Young’s Northern Tour was undertaken in 1768, travelling approximately 2500 miles and collecting data from about two hundred and fifty farms of all sizes, this data he “attempted to assemble in what is perhaps the first farm survey ever undertaken by an individual in order to use them in the discussion of current farming problems” (Fussell, More Old English Farming Books, page 72)
Einaudi 6096; Goldsmiths; 10612; Higgs 4852; Kress 6767, Perkins 1996 and Rothamsted, page 144