General View Of The Agriculture Of The County Of Kent; With Observations On The Means Of Its Improvement..


In original stiff card boards, recently rebacked in cloth with paper label. Deckled edges. Extremities worn and occasional foxing but otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate of Henry Godfrey Godfrey Faussett Osborne, Hartlip Place and later inscription of Elizabeth Melling.



Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-Row; and sold by G. and W. Nicol, Pall-Mall.,






Drawn up for the consideration of the board of agriculture, and internal improvement, from the original report transmitted to the board; with additional remarks of several respectable country gentlemen and farmers. to which is added a treatise on paring and burning. by john boys of betshanger, farmer. the second edition, with amendments and additions.

Item Description

SECOND EDITION. xxiii + [I] + 293 pp. [+1] + [4] pp. advertisements, including publishers + 16 pp. Useful Books catalogue of Richard Phillips.


Illustrated by folding engraved Map of the Soil of Kent in original hand-colour, 2 copper-engraved plates and folding tables.


The second and much enlarged edition of the primary book on 18th and 19th century Kentish agriculture. Boys' report was first issued in 1794 and circulated in draft form as part of the extensive series of reports drawn up for the Board of Agriculture under Arthur Young. These described the conditions of farming throughout the county, and were designed to be returned to the Board with each farmer's comments, afterwards being edited and incorporated into a final report, the first of which was published in 1796. This is the second published edition, describing in great detail the agricultural practice in Kent at the beginning of the agricultural revolution. Boys, a farmer from Betteshanger, edited and considerably enlarged the original report with the addition of much new material. This 1813 reissue of the 1805 Second Edition appears to be identical to it apart from the cancel title page with a new imprint and the advertisement inset at the back. This copy was owned by Henry Godfrey Godfrey Faussett Osborne of Hartlip Place, Hartlip, North Kent.

[Stock No. 22682]


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