In works of more than one edition, the edition probably used by Read is indicated by an asterisk (*). Only English editions are listed. A dagger (†) indicates an incomplete volume or set.
(See key to check list, p. 428.)
The/ Farmer's/ Compleat Guide,/ through all the/ Articles of his
Profession;/ The/ Laying out, Proportioning,/ and Cropping his
Ground;/ and/ The Rules for Purchasing, Managing,/ and Preserving
his Stock./ In Particular,/ The Choice and Culture of Wheat, Barley
and Oats,/ from the Seed to the Barn./ The most profitable Way of/
raising Turneps, with a/ Proposal for introducing the Northern
Turnep,/ called the Naper, which/ will live on Bogs./ The Management of Mea-/dow and Pasture Ground,/ and raising of artificial/
Grasses./ The Culture of Beans, Pease,/ Tares, and Thetches./ The
Raising of Hemp, Flax/ and Hops; and an Ac-/count of the New
Lucerne./ The Raising of Hedge/ Shrubs, Coppice Wood,/ and Timber
Trees./ The whole Doctrine of Soils and Manures, and/ the Ways of
suiting one/ to the other in all In-/stances./ And cheap and effectual
Re-/medies for all the Diseases/ of Cattle./ ( London):
1760--HU, LCP, RU.
This volume, published anonymously, is attributed to John Ball, of whom no biographical record has been found (M. S. Aslin, op. cit., p. 31). In the introduction, the author sets forth his qualifications for writing on agriculture with the following comment: "Scholars are too refined in their speculations [to write on agriculture]; and farmers are ignorant of the manner of instructing: the first of these want knowledge; and the latter, tho' they have a great deal, do not know how to express it. The proper person is a gentleman who has a large farm in his own hands: and so far I may be bold to tell the reader . . . I am qualified; I have not wanted a school education, I keep a good deal of ground under my own care, and I have had some experience" (op. cit., p. 2). The Farmer's Compleat Guide was among the agricultural works consulted by George Washington ( P. L. Haworth, op. cit., p. 71).
New/ Improvements/ of/ Planting and Gardening,/ both/ Philosophical and Practical./ In Three Parts./ I. Containing, A New System