The Farmer’s Companion; being a complete System of Modern Husbandry: Including the Latest Improvements and Discoveries, in Theory and Practice. Illustrated by numerous Engravings. With 102 copper engraved plates (including two larger hand-coloured fold – out plates).
Second Edition. In two Volumes (complete set). London, Printed for Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1813. Large Octavo. Both volumes together contain 948 pages interleaved illustrations throughout the volumes (many of these plates are folding out) including a General Index. [Please ask for a full list of the illustrations]. Hardcover / Two modern halfleather / full leather bindings (see images). Volume I in octavo format and in a brown full leather with spinelabel / Volume II in large octavo and bound in an excellent green half morocco with gilt lettering on spine, marbled boards and leather corners. Both volumes with new endpapers. Some illustrations and text towards the end of Volume II with some faint dampstaining only. Three illustrations are present twice in these volumes (Plates 35, 54 and 84). Extremely rare publication in very good condition !!
Excellent and rare publication with 102 spectacular illustrations regarding agricultural history, early illustrations of livestock and especially beautiful are the hand-coloured illustrations of the Grasses.
The livestock illustrations include: Merino Ram, Merino Ewe, Dartmoor Sheep, Exmoor Sheep, Hereford Ox, South Down Ewe and South Down Ram (both bred by Mr. Ellman of Glynd in Sussex), Devonshire Bull and Steer, Boar and Sow from Mr. Western etc.
The early agriculture apparatus includes: Bean Drill Plough, Leicestershire Double Plough / Lord Somerville’s Double Plough, The Oxfordshire Skim Plough , A View of the Threshing Machine erected at Chillingham in 1789 with the Circular Rake & Fanners etc.
Includes the following chapters: Implements of Husbandry / Farm-houses and Offices / Farm-cottages / Inclosing of Land / Construction of Roads and Embankments / Soils / Manures / Draining of Land / Paring and Burning / Following of Land / Cultivation of Arable Land – Metods of bringing it into a State for Cropping / Cultivation of Arable Land – Sowing – After-Culture and Arrangement of Crops / Cultivation of Arable Land – Grain and Pulse Crops / Root and Plant Crops / Management of Grain and other Crops / Cultivation of Grass Lands – Laying down to Grass / Artificial Grasses / Meadows / Pastures / Methods of fattening Animals / Planting Fruit and Timber Trees / Live Stock / Neat Cattle / Sheep / Horses / Swine (Pigs) / Rabbits – Poultry &c.