Agriculture, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1 : A Historical Account of Its Principles and Practice, Exemplified in Their Rise, Progress, and Development (Classic Reprint)


Excerpt from Agriculture, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1: A Historical Account of Its Principles and Practice, Exemplified in Their Rise, Progress, and Development About the year 1820 the interests of the writer led him to leave the country and reside in the metropolis. Engaged in other pursuits than agriculture, but still nearly connected with it, and holding intercourse with many agricultural friends, he continued to watch with a lover's eye the progress of improvement in that his favourite branch of rural industry. After some years, an engagement with a friend caused him to settle in Ireland, where, in addition to the business which took him thither, he occupied himself in cultivating a few acres of land attached to the house in which he resided. In 1848 he made an engagement with the editor of the Advocate newspaper (at that time the best agricultural and industrial journal in Ireland), as a writer on agricultural and other subjects. This engagement he retained until 1853, when he returned to London, and immediately obtained employment in the same capacity from the editor of the Mark Lame Express, which paper he is still connected with and it has brought under his imme diate consideration the Opinions and practical experience of the most eminent farmers in every part of the United Kingdom, as well as on the Continent. With such preparatory experience, he did not hesitate, when called on by the publishers, to undertake the present Work, of which he thinks it proper now to give a brief account, as it differs in some respects from all previous works of the kind. In reading a great number of these, it has occurred to him that the nature of landed property is seldom or never touched upon, and that where referred to, very slight and inadequate ideas are conveyed respecting it. In Part I. Vol. I., he has therefore given a concise historical account of the origin of property in land, commencing with the patriarchal, which merged into the feudal system, and describing the processes by which the various tenures now existing were established; also the value of land at different periods of history, and some of the most important laws by which it is governed. Part II. Contains, with a short history of the rise and progress of Agriculture in England, a brief sketch of that of other countries, principally adverting to the hindrances existing to its advancement, and the efforts making to counteract those impediments. Part III. Relates to the connection of Agricul ture with physical science, giving a sketch of those sciences immediately applicable to the farm. Part IV. Relates to the domestic animals of the farm, their various species and varieties, and a history of these improvements in the various breeds which have raised their character and value in every part of the world. Part V. Gives a history of the vegetable kingdom, and the various kinds of agricultural produce. Part VI. Contains an account of British husbandry, the different kinds of farms, the implements and machines employed in husbandry, the history of steam cultivation, and all the newly invented machines for lessening the amount of hand labour. Part VII. Relates to different modes of draining and fencing, manures, the dairy, irrigation, soils, seed, &c. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at


Samuel Copland
Hardback | 902 pages
152 x 229 x 48mm | 1,347g
Publication date
10 Dec 2018
Forgotten Books
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286 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white