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LOUDON, John Claudius.

Observations on laying out farms in the Scotch style,

adapted to England. Comprising an account of the introduction of the Berwickshire husbandry into Middlesex and Oxfordshire. With remarks on the importance of the system to the general improvement of landed property.

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London, Harding, 1812

Loudon's magnum opus beautifully illustrated with fine aquatints and other engravings a ground-breaking work on agricultural practice and the management of working estates and highly influential in its day. The impact of Loudon's theories were an important factor in the shaping of the English countryside.

John Loudon, 'impressed by the inferiority of English to Scottish farming ... persuaded his father to join him in taking a lease of Wood Hall, near Pinner [Middlesex], and published [in 1808] a pamphlet entitled An Immediate and Effectual Mode of Raising the Rental of the Landed Property in England. In 1809 he rented the large farm of Tew Park, Oxfordshire, where he took pupils in agriculture, and by 1813 he had made a profit of £15,000' (DNB). The present work, published at 5 guineas, describes in some detail the improvements carried out at both 'Tew Lodge Farm' and the farm at 'Woodhall', as well as

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Folio (37.5 x 26.5 cm.), plates watermarked 1808-1817, 105pp., 38 plates and plans comprising 10 hand-coloured aquatints, 4 of these folding, 28 uncoloured line engravings, 2 of these with touches of aquatint, and 5 folding, light soiling plate 5, large folding plate of Tew Lodge with dusty fore-edge and neat archival repairs to edge, modern green half morocco gilt over marbled boards, an excellent example.


Brunet III,1184; Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library p.190; not in Abbey.

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