The birth of agronomy

Thaer, A. [D.] (ed.)

Annalen des Ackerbaues herausgegeben von Albrecht Thaer. [AND] Annalen der Fortschritte der Landwirthschaft in Theorie und Praxis herausgegeben von Albrecht Thaer. [Together in 16 volumes].

Published 1805-1812
Item ID 32530

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Berlin, Realschulbuchhandlung [and Rücker und Reimer], 1805-1812. 16 volumes in 16. Small 8vo (16.7 x 10.2 cm). 12,573 pp.; 29 folding tables, ten folding plates, six folding maps. Original uniform half calf over tree-calf resembling paper boards. Spines with gilt ornamental bands, red morocco label with gilt title and green oval morocco label with gilt ornamental border and gilt volume number. All edges red.

Rare complete set of the oldest German agricultural journal(s) edited by the famous agronomist and medical doctor Albrecht Daniel Thaer (1752-1828). Thaer may be regarded as the founder of agronomy as a science. "In 1802 Thaer had founded in Celle in the 'Dammasch-Wiesen', the first German agricultural training institute (today Thaer's Garden). There among others he experimented with rotation to improve the yield" (Wikipedia). The first twelve volumes were published under the first title given above; the last four were published as Annalen der Fortschritte der Landwirthschaft in Theorie und Praxis. The set is concluded by a 94-page general index to the first twelve volumes. All volumes have an old library label on the spine foot and a small library stamp on recto (cancelled) and verso of title, but otherwise all are clean. In all a fine, attractively bound set. Poggendorff II, p. 1087.

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