This collection of early works on agriculture is rich in eighteenth and nineteenth-century reports on farming in many parts of Great Britain. The collection had as its nucleus the historical library of the late Professor D.A. Gilchrist (d. 1927), who held the Chair of Agriculture in Armstrong College from 1902 to 1927.
A collection highlight is William Billington's A series of facts, hints, observations, and experiments on the different modes of raising young plantations of oaks (1825) which demonstrates the common preoccupation of many early nineteenth-century estate owners with growing trees which would be suitable for use in shipbuilding.
Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:
Collection Name: Gilchrist (Douglas) Collection
Library Search Collection Ref Code: G
Date Range of Material
1717 - 1981
Type of Material
Rare book collection
Size of Collection
27 Linear Metres of shelving
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