The Letters of Agricola, on Principles of Vegetation and Tillage. Written for Nova Scotia, and published first in "The Acadian Recorder".

Halifax, N.S. Printed by Holland & Co. 1822. Hardcover. 8vo, 23cm, xvi,462,[x]p. index, diagrams and tables, in the original boards and printed paper label, uncut, repaired spine crack, binding dust worn with a few tide line damp stains, some slight foxing on the preliminary else relatively clean and sound. (sgc) T.P.L. 1271. Sabin 106083. Lande s2331. Nova Scotia in Books, 14. - John Young, Scottish-born agriculturist, under the pseudonym "Agricola", wrote a series of papers to the Acadian Recorder, in which he drew attention to the backward state of agriculture in the province. These papers were then published as the above title `Letters of Agricola' and were directly responsible for the establishment of a Board of Agriculture, in which Young acted as its first secretary. The author, a native of Scotland, went to Nova Scotia in 1815. "His commonsense approach called attention to the subject and led to the formation of a provincial agricultural board of which he became secretary. His book was widely read both in the colonies and in Great Britain and, as late as 1851, J.F.W. Johnston, an agricultural expert, described it as 'superior to any other book of the time that I have read in any language.'" Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Item #39143

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