FIRST SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO APPLY CHEMISTRY TO AGRICULTURE
Elements of agricultural chemistry, in a course of lectures for the board of agriculture.
London. Printed by W. Bulmer and Co....For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1813. First edition.
Quarto. , 323pp, , lxiii, . With an engraved frontispiece and a further five engraved plates. Contemporary gilt-tooled diced calf, marbled edges. Extremities rubbed. Very occasional light spotting.
The first edition of Sir Humphry Davy's (1778-1829) collected lectures, delivered annually before the Board of Agriculture in London between 1802 and 1812. The work is considered the first serious attempt to apply chemistry to agriculture, and remained a standard text until being displaced by Justus Liebig's later publications. The book marked the dawn of the era of scientific farming and was the genesis for the use of chemically balanced fertilisers. Davy, the first to employ the term 'agricultural chemistry', championed soil analysis and the measurement of its physical properties, and to this end provided the most complete list of elements that had yet appeared (p.39-44); this included chlorine, which Davy himself had proven an element.£ 500.00 Antiquates Ref: 17551