SPROULE, John. A Treatise on Agriculture, suited to the Soil and Climate of Ireland: comprehending the nature, properties, and improvement of soils; the structure, functions, and cultivation of plants; and the husbandry of the domestic animals of the farm. Illustrated. Dublin: William Curry, Jun.


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London: Longman; Edinburgh: Black; Belfast: Simms and M’Intyre, 1839. Large post octavo. pp. xii, 709. Contemporary half calf on marbled boards, title in gilt on green morocco label on spine. Crimson morocco label of Conolly McCausland on front pastedown. Upper joint starting, occasional spotting. An attractive copy. Extremely rare.
COPAC locates the BL & QUB copies only.
John Sproule was awarded a R.D.S. gold medal on 7 December 1843 for his essay on flax growingusing the Courtrai (Belgian) system. As editor of ‘The Farmer’s Journal’, Eden Quay, he was elected an annual member of the R.D.S. on 3 December 1846, becoming a life member in 1869. His proposers were Sir William Betham and Henry Kemmis. This is Sproule’s magnum opus on agriculture, suited to the soil and climate of Ireland. He compiled a catalogue of the Irish Industrial Exhibition 1853 and presented a copy to the R.D.S. library.

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