John Beale Bordley annotated and inscribed this copy of his book, Essays and Notes on Husbandry and Rural Affairs, "To his Excellency General George Washington; From His obedient and humble servant The Author." The book describes Bordley's extensive experimental farming at Wye Island, off the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Like Washington, Bordley turned from tobacco to wheat as a cash crop and the two men had even exchanged new strains of wheat. Delighted by this gift, Washington signed the title page and wrote to Bordley, "I have been honoured with your 'Essays and Notes on Husbandry, and Rural Affairs' and offer you my sincere thanks for your kindness in sending them to me."






  • Published - United States


Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper


Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 2 in. (21.59 cm x 13.97 cm x 5.08 cm)


A purchase made possible by the generous contributions of the Vice Regent for Delaware, her mother, the late Mrs. Charles Ward, and the former Vice Regent for Delaware, Mrs. Thomas F. Bayard, 1962


On the fly leaf, recto, center, in brown ink: To His Excellency General / George Washington; From His / obedient and humble servant / The Author
Author's corrections are throughout the text in brown ink.


Title page, center top, in brown ink: Go: Washington

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