The Horse-Hoing Husbandry:

TULL Jethro (1733)


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or, an Essay on the Principles of Tillage and Vegetation. Where in shewn a Method of introducing a sort of Vineyard-Culture into the Corn-Fields, in order to Increase their Product, and diminish the common Expence; b the Use of Instruments described in cuts.


First Enlarged and Illustrated Edition. Folio (290 x 180mm). [4], x, 200, [2]pp., with six engraved plates. Some minor spotting in places, title-page a little browned, dedication leaf just starting to become loose, folding plates a little creased. Contemporary reversed calf, covers panelled in blind, spine ruled in blind, red sprinkled edges (corners bumped and worn, joints just starting to split, headcaps a little ragged).


London: for the Author, and sold by G. Straham...1733

First published as a much shorter "specimen" in 1731. A supplement to the essay on horse-hoing husbandry was published in 1736 and is often bound with this work but not here. 


A controversial but revolutionary method for seed planting and corn cultivation.


Jethro Tull (bap. 1674-d. 1741) developed his "horse-hoe" and his modified plough to allow him to easily and quickly plant seeds in long parallel rows on his farm at Howberry near Wallingford, Berkshire. The work was obviously controversial with Tull's own labourers but he was also criticised and accused of plagiarism by numerous people including Stephen Switzer and the Private Society of Husbandmen and Planters.


"At first his methods were widely criticized, but gradually they were accepted, and they laid the foundation for mechanizing and rationalizing the growth of crops. The first edition of this book was comparatively short. In 1733 a much enlarged edition was published, with illustrations" (see PMM for the 1731 edition).

Stock Code: 239483

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