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Lot 2033: Richard Bradley A COMPLETE BODY OF HUSBANDRY 1727 First Edition Antique British Agriculture Farming Fold-Out PlatesPlatinum House
December 9, 2012
Ithaca, NY, USALive Auction
Title: A Complete Body of Husbandry Collected from the Practice and Experience of the Most Considerable Farmers in Britain. Particularly Setting Forth the Various Ways of Improving Land, by Hollow Ditching, Dreining, Double Plowing, Grasing, Enclosing, Watering and Manureing. With Particular Directions for Fertilising of Broom-Ground, Heath-Ground, Furze, Bushey, and Chilturn-Ground: Also the Method of Improvement, by Afforting Proper Plants to Lands, and of Shifting of Crops. To Which Is Added Several Particulars Relating to the Preservation of the Games and Stated Accounts of the Expence and Profits of Arable, Pasture; Meadow and Wood Lands
Author: Richard Bradley - Richard Bradley was an English naturalist specializing in botany.
Little is known about his childhood aside from an early interest in gardening. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1712, at the age of 24. In 1714 he visited the Netherlands where he took an interest in horticulture. Back in England, he worked at Cannons, Middlesex, the estate of James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, FRS. Bradley's employer was a wealthy man with an interest in exotic plants such as the pineapple. Bradley's responsibilities at Cannons included the hot-house and the "physic garden" (i.e. a botanical garden). He was dismissed for financial mismanagement.
In 1724 he was appointed the first Professor of Botany, Cambridge University. He indicated that he would work to establish a botanical garden in Cambridge, but died in office without the project having made any progress.
Bradley was a prolific writer. His works include "A General Treatise of Husbandry & Gardening," which was published in a monthly version, making Bradley a pioneering gardening journalist. He also wrote about cookery and was the first to publish a pineapple recipe in English.
Publisher: James Woodman and David Lyon
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xi/372 pages plus 4 pages of publisher's advertisements
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped full leather, with raised bands and gilt-lettered labels. Front board is detached. Boards show rubbing. Spine is cracked. Outside corners display minor loss of material. Text block is intact. Pages are clean and without markings. Illustrated with 2 of 4 fold-out plates. Plates are intact.
Book is preserved in transparent plastic cover.
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