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AMOS (William). Minutes in Agriculture and Planting. On the structure and component principles of vegetables. II. On the culture and use of nine of the best artificial, and of eight of the best natural grasses... III. On the construction and use of a sward dresser. IV. On the construction and use of a thistle cutter. V. On the construction and use of a compound roller... VI. On the construction and use of a tree-transplanter, for removing and planting large trees. VII. On the construction and use of a scuffle. VIII. On the construction and use of a couch grass drag. IX. On the construction and use of a couch grass rake. Illustrated with specimens of eight sorts of the best, and two sorts of the worst natural grasses, and with accurate drawings and descriptions of the above practical machines, on seven copper plates, whereby every farmer will be made perfectly acquainted with the best natural and artificial grasses, and not only be made acquainted with the use of, but also be enabled to construct the above machines.1804

Boston (Lincolnshire): Printed by J. Hellaby, First edition, small folio, viii, 92pp., with half-title, with the engraved bookplate of the Earl of Stradbroke, also signed and dated 1827, 3 plates with 10 numbered actual specimens of grasses in remarkable good condition, each secured by a pair of printed identification slips both common and Latin names, 2 hand-coloured engraved plates of grass varieties and a further 7 folding engraved plates showing farm machinery, offsetting, some foxing (including title) and spotting, cont. hafl calf, joints cracked, corners rubbed. William Amos (c.1745–1825), Lincolnshire farmer and Agriculturalist writer. Amos's interest in new agricultural practices led him to undertake a series of crop trials from 1783 onwards, and these convinced him of the superiority of seed-drilling over the traditional broadcast method of sowing. As early as 1787 he was developing his own version of a drill-plough and he announced plans in that year for a book describing it; but his employer's death in 1788 and his subsequent move to Brothertoft in Lincolnshire as bailiff to Major John Cartwright (political reformer) delayed this project. While acting as bailiff and later as estate steward to Cartwright, Amos conducted further trials on his own farm as well as Cartwright's. Cartwright combined an active political career with a keen interest in agricultural improvement, and the collaboration between the two men over a period of fifteen years or so proved beneficial to both. It also brought Amos into contact with their close neighbour Sir Joseph Banks, who later described Amos as 'an honest man and an ingenious one', and with the agriculturist Arthur Young, who visited Cartwright's farm, saw some of Amos's inventions and remained in correspondence with him, obtaining a number of submissions from Amos for publication in his Annals of Agriculture. It was during this period of his life that Amos published his two books, The Theory and Practice of the Drill Husbandry and Minutes in Agriculture. (Wikipedia). Goldsmiths'-Kress, no. 18817; Perkins 42; Aslin, p. 9.

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