Label

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."

Description

Single volume book in original brown leather binding, octavo size. The front and back covers are embossed with gilt along all four edges. The spine is covered with embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a red ground: BORDLEY / ON / HUSBANDRY. Presentation copy inscribed and annotated by the author John Beale Bordley. Signed by George Washington on the title page.

The full title of this book is ESSAYS AND NOTES ON HUSBANDRY AND RURAL AFFAIRS.

Pagination: V, 591, plus notes
Size: 8 vo.
Stored in conservation box.


Date

1799


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, marbleized paper, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

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


Credit Line

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


Marks

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.


Signed

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


Object Number

ML-226-W


Colors (Beta)


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