The rural economy of the West of England: including Devonshire; and parts of Somersetshire, Dorsetshire, and Cornwall. Together with minutes in practice.

London, for G. Nicol, G.G. and J. Robinson, and J. Debrett, 1796.

Two vols, 8vo, pp. [ii], xxiv, 332; xxiv, 358, [34, index and publisher’s advertisements]; with double-page frontispiece map; a very good copy in contemporary mottled calf, richly gilt spines in compartments, red morocco lettering pieces; light wear to extremities, slight abrasion to lower board of vol. I; book label of Sir Robert W. Vaughan, Bart. of Nannau.

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First edition. William Marshall (1745-1818) wrote a series of studies of farming in English counties, published between 1787 and 1798. The volumes on the West of England were the ninth and tenth of the eventual twelve-volume set. Marshall never obtained the celebrity of his contemporary Arthur Young, though his investigations were reported at greater length. Marshall himself referred with derision to Young’s ‘transient’ tours and explained that his own more thorough method of inquiry was to obtain a position in a district as an agent or estate manager and to learn while working.

Volume I ends with ‘provincialisms of West Devonshire’, which include clouted cream, fairies (squirrels), and slapdash.

Provenance: Sir Robert Williames Vaughan, 2nd Baronet (1768-1843), MP for Merioneth 1792-1836, member of the Board of Agriculture from 1802 and its vice-president in 1816.

ESTC T94233; Goldsmiths’ 16636; Kress B.3234; Perkins 1153; Rothamsted, p. 101; not in Einaudi; see Fussell II, pp. 114-120.

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