Annals of Agriculture, and other useful Arts. Collected and Published by Arthur Young, Esq. F.R.S. [A consecutive run from vol. 1-39; 1784-1803].
45 vols., (vol. 43 lacking title page) numerous engraved plates, from the library of the Royal Agricultural Society of England with their bookplate, uniformly bound in brown buckram, a couple loose gatherings but overall a very good set.
Young wrote many of the articles in the Annals himself, it was a labour of love and exhibited his belief in the importance of agriculture and the benefits of pursuing improvements. “It was intended, among other things, to put before the public the views and experience of the foremost agriculturists, but Young was bitterly disappointed in its sales.” (ODNB). Contributors included King George III, writing under the name of “Ralph Robinson”, and he had extensive correspondences with George Washington, who’s library contained thirty-one volumes of the periodical ranging from 1784 to 1798. This periodical was continued until 1815 when Young’s eyesight failed.
Author YOUNG (Arthur)