Elements of agricultural chemistry. London: Longman, 1813.
4to. viii, 323, lxiii pp., in With 10 engraved plates, 1 folding, and numerous tables throughout text. Contemporary calf tooled in blind and gilt; a fine copy from the library of the Earl of Ilchester, with his bookplate on the front paste-down. $600.00
First edition of the work which virtually introduced the era of scientific farming in Great Britain. Davy (1778-1829), noted English chemist and president of the Royal Society, became professor of the Royal Institution in 1802. One of his first assignments was a course of lectures on the chemical principles of agriculture. The present work is a compilation of his lectures at the Board of Agriculture in London during a ten-year period. This work also contains an appendix entitled An account of the results of experiments on the produce and nutritive qualities of different grasses, and other plants, used as the food of animals. Based on the research of John, Duke of Bedford, the appendix was written by George Sinclair and edited by Davy.