A essay on the management of hogs; including experiments on rearing and fattening them...

London, for W. Nicoll, 1769.

8vo, pp. xxiv, 3-49, [1], blank; a very good, clean copy, stab-sewn as issued, loosely inserted in contemporary paper wrappers, lightly dust soiled, frayed at edges, a few small holes to spine.


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First edition of Alfred Young’s detailed essay on his experiments to determine the optimum feed for hogs, a unique piece of research for which ‘the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, adjudged the premium of a Gold Medal’(title). The nineteen experiments detailed (selected, according to Young, from many more actually undertaken) were carried out on animals of different ages using different combinations of foodstuffs, including pollard, turnips, milk and Jerusalem artichokes. At the beginning of the work, Young discusses the considerable mutual benefits that dairies and piggeries can bring each other.

Described as ‘certainly the greatest producer of farming literature our annals record’ (Fussell), Young wrote widely on many areas of agriculture, husbandry and manufacture.

Fussell, p. 156, and 70 ff; McDonald, p. 212; Perkins 1972 (2nd ed.); Rothamsted, p. 183; OCLC finds only 3 copies.

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