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HARTE, Walter (1709--1774)
Essays on husbandry. Essay I. A general introduction; shewing that agriculture is the basis and support of all flourishing communities; - the antient and present state of that useful art; - agriculture, manufactures, trad, and comerce justly harmonized; - of the right cultivation of our colonies; - together with the defects, omissions, and possible improvements in English husbandry. Essay II. An account of some experiments tending to improve the culture of lucerne by transplantation: being the first experiments of the kind hitherto made and published in England: from whence it appears, that lucerne is an article of great importance in English husbandry. The whole illustrated with copper-plates and representations cut on wood.
London: printed for W. Frederick in Bath, and sold by J. Hinton; W. Johnston; T. Field; J. Brotheton; P. Valliant; Mess. Dodsley; Mess. Wilson and Saunders; and H. Bradley, in Dublin,, 1764.
xviii, [4], 213, [1], 232 p., V engr. pl. : wdcut illus. ; 20.6 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Attributed to Walter Harte. Harte published his first book of poetry in 1727, at the age of 18. His verses attracted the attention of Alexander Pope, with whom he subsequently became friends, and Samuel Johnson admired his "companionable talents". According to Arthur Young, in his Six weeks tour through the southern counties published in 1768, "His conversation on the subject of Husbandry is as full of experience and as truly solid as his genuine and native humour, extensive knowledge of mankind, and admirable philanthropy are pleasing and instructive." There are five numbered plates engraved by W. Hibbart after drawings by himself, Du Pratz, & Richéli, the first being misnumbered 'II' and the second misnumbered 'IV'. With a leaf of errata 'occasioned by the Author's Absence from the Press' preceding text of Essay I. Essay II has separate pagination but the register is continuous. ESTC t96316.

Copy Notes Acquired by Soane at the Attingham sale of 1827, lot 15 (part, with four other items) for £1 0s., 7 August 1827. (Receipt inserted at front of sale catalogue, q.v. copy 1). Armorial bookplate of Lord Berwick. With shelf mark on paper label at head of spine, and inscribed in ink on inside cover.

Binding Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled spine, red and black morocco spine-labels.

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