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LIEBIG (Justus von). The Natural Laws of Husbandry. Edited by John Blyth, M.D. Professor of Chemistry in Queen's College, Cork.1863

London: Walton & Maberly, First English edition, 8vo (230 x 150mm), xx, 416 + 12pp., of publisher's ads, original cloth, slightly rubbed, lettered in gilt on the spine, uncut, a good copy. The British agricultural establishment, did not take kindly to Liebig's work with its denunciation of British high farming. Liebig's British publisher, rather than immediately translating the 1862 German edition as in the case of previous editions, destroyed the only copy in its possession. When this final edition of Liebig's great work was finally translated into English it was in an abridged form under a different title (The Natural Laws of Husbandry) and without Liebig's lengthy introduction. Hence, the English-speaking world was left in ignorance of the extent of Liebig's critique of industrialised capitalist agriculture.

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