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Seed drill.- Randall (John) (Pursuant to the notice thrown out by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.) The construction and extensive use of a newly invented universal seed-furrow plough (from time to time expos'd to the public view of abundance of people.) Upon an easy, steady principle, suited to all soils, stiff or light, level or ridg'd; and capable of sowing all sorts of seeds, in three rows, thicker or thinner, deeper or shallower, and the furrows or rows nearer or further asunder, just as the owner pleases, first edition, 7 folding engraved plates, occasional foxing or light browning, offsetting, plate 3 repaired at head (not affecting image), library cloth, [Fussell pp.58-59], 4to, Sold by John Wilkie, in St.Paul's Church Yard, [1764].

⁂ Rare at auction. Here Randall is continuing the Tullian debate. He highlights the advantages of the Tullian system, especially when carried out with the aid of the 'ingenious' implements he has designed. His seed-furrow plough, along the lines of Tull's drill, was criticised as being too complicated and his system of husbandry was described by a fellow agricultural writer John Wynne Baker as 'founded on the labours of others'.

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Seed drill.- Randall (John) (Pursuant to the notice

Estimate £400 - £600
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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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