Thursday, 16 May 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - The Agricultural Notebook by Primrose McConnell BSc

What a great little book this is. Essentially an early 20th Century farming and agricultural labouring encylopedia. 
The first edition was published in 1883, towards the end of the Victorian era, although this 9th Edition was published in 1919.

This 9th Edition contains a dedication to the author by his father as the author died in the last months of the First World War.

I get a sense with this book, of a labourer or farmer sitting at his table pondering on the details contained within the pages.  How to grow Sainfoin (page 222), Mowing and haymaking (page 79), Ear marking of cattle for registration (page 405), Analysing cream (page 346) or the complexities of milk secretion (page 346). 



  1. Anonymous3:40 pm

    WOW!!! This is such a wonderful treasure Julie and a beautiful dedication to his son, by the author. I can't help wondering where you came by this amazing publication...

    1. It is lovely isn't it? I purchased this in an antique shop about 15 years ago. It is currently sitting in my to go pile as part of my cull.

  2. What a treasure you have in this book. So much really interesting information from the late 1880's to compare with the changing times. Must have been very popular and well used to have a reprint. I'm always interested in this agricultural history as I write several genealogy blogs about my farming ancestors.

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