4to, pp. , vii, , 110, ; tear to p. 109 repaired (not affecting text), and minor damp stains to the first half, but otherwise a good copy; disbound.
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Essays in agriculture: or, a variety of useful hints, for its improvement, with respect to air, water, earth, heat and cold; as an attempt to ascertain their influence on vegetation…
First and only edition in English. Little is known of Beardé; born at the beginning of the eighteenth century, he won the 1766 prize offered by the Agricultural Society of Saint Petersburg with his Essay in answer to the question ‘Est-il plus avantageux à un état que le paysan possède en propre du terrain, ou qu’il n’ait que des biens meubles? Et jusqu’où doit s’étendre cette propriété pour l’avantage de l’État?’ He criticised the physiocrats in some of his works, and was in turn attacked by Baudeau in the Ephémérides du Citoyen. He died in 1771. The first edition appeared in French in 1768.
Rothamsted, p. 19; not in Kress or Goldsmiths’.
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SCOTTISH DRAPER LEARNS HIS ACCOUNTS ALEXANDER, Thomas.
Three account books dated 1829-32 (‘Ledger’, ‘Journals’, ‘Waste Book’).
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