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Tull (Jethro) The New Horse-Houghing Husbandry: or, an Essay on the Principles of Tillage and Vegetation. Wherein is shewn, a Method of Introducing a Sort of Vineyard-culture into the Corn-fields, in order to increase their Product, and Diminish the Common Expence, by the use of Instruments Lately Invented, first edition, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces, some very light foxing or spotting to title and final f., but otherwise internally a remarkably clean and fine example, 20th century morocco-backed boards, uncut, [Fussell p.1; PMM 188; not in Goldsmiths' or Kress], 4to, Printed for the Author, 1731.

⁂ The rare first edition of this pioneering work, which acted as a catalyst for debate on agricultural methods. Most notable were Tull's seed drill, which sowed economical neat rows of seed and his horse-drawn hoe, which cleared weeds and, in his opinion, reduced the need for manures as the pulverisation of the hoe released the nutrients in the soil. Both met with an initial reluctance, but were slowly adopted and formed the basis for modern farming.

Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1919.

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Tull (Jethro) The New Horse-Houghing Husbandry: or, an

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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