ESSAYS RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS. By James Anderson, Farmer At Monk's-Hill, Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh: Printed For William Creech; and T. Cadell, London. M,DCC,LXXVII (1777). Two volumes. 8vos. Bound in full leather with gilt-lettered spines. The second edition with large additions. With three folding plates in Vol.I and eighteen engraved plates in Vol.2. In very good condition, but with large triangular section missing from one folding plate (see enlargement).
Each volume with inscription: "Presented by/James Searle Esqr./to/Joshua M. Wallace/1795." Both James Searle and Joshua M. Wallace were American patriots. Searle (ca. 1730-1797), friend to John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, was a Philadelphia businessman who served in the Continental Congress. Wallace (1752-1819), a prominent resident of Burlington, N.J., played a significant role in New Jersey's ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Anderson's important work, first published in 1775, went through five editions during the 18th century. This second edition was the first to include the substantial essay on quick-lime. Ex collection of Dr. Geoffrey J.C. Frohnsdorff.