THE FLOATING IDEAS OF NATURE, SUITED TO THE PHILOSOPHER, FARMER, AND MECHANIC, AND ADAPTED TO THE PRESENT TIMES OF SCARCITY, IN ORDER TO CREATE PLENTY, BY INTRODUCING SEVERAL NEW CROPS, AND THEIR MANAGEMENT.

London: Printed for the Author, 1796. Two volumes. 318,[6]; 108,*109-*134,109-290,325-332,291- 299pp. Folding table. Contemporary calf, spines gilt, leather label. Extremities quite worn, hinges cracking but cords intact. Occasional foxing. Just about good. Item #WRCAM25000

A later issue, after editions under various titles including THE ESSENCE OF AGRICULTURE (1786) and NATURE DISPLAYED (1793). Varlo came to America in 1784, pursuing the quixotic claim that he owned a grant to a large portion of New Jersey and Long Island through a grant from Charles I to Sir Edmund Plowden. He made no progress in establishing his claim, but travelled between Philadelphia and Boston. He makes many remarks concerning agriculture and trades, as well as meeting such notables as Ethan Allen. His American observations are scattered throughout the rest of the text as well (including eating Indian corn with George Washington), and make this work an important contribution to American agricultural writing of the period. Includes sections on raising Indian corn and tobacco, as well as Varlo's idiosyncratic social commentary. All of Varlo's self- published works are scarce, but this seems to be the rarest of them, printed only for a small group of subscribers. "This work contains an account of the Plowden Patent and of the author's tour through America, including a visit to Washington at Mount Vernon" - Sabin. HOWES V53. SABIN 98633.

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