Arthur Young: The Annals of Agriculture

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The Annals of Agriculture was published for thirty-two years from 1784 to 1815 and was very important as a medium for disseminating all manner of information about the new “science of agriculture”. It comprised heterodox materials, from financial and statistical, to essays on new practices and old, and some accounts of tours which on occasion flirt with the picturesque. It is a veritable mine of valuable information for modern historians.

Strangely, given the importance the publication appears to have had, the Annals sold only a few hundred copies each year, and did not produce the kind of income that Young had hoped. It was mainly compiled and written by Aurthur Young and his co-editor, the Reverend John …

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Clark, Robert. "The Annals of Agriculture". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 December 2008
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