The Glaisdale Agricultural Library: The Private Collection of a Yorkshire Agriculturalist

30th September 2022 10:30 GMT/BST
Catalogue: View Page Turner Catalogue
Lots: 179

Over the course of several decades, Yorkshire agriculturalist Martin Burtt assembled an extraordinary library of antiquarian agricultural books, which he carefully and sympathetically cared for and had repaired. The collection focuses on books from the 16th to 18th centuries, spanning the transition from an era when it was considered dubious to attempt to improve on God’s Creation to the advent of the Age of Reason with its huge rise in literacy, invention, experimentation, and applied rationality. The great agricultural writers all appear in the collection, which covers the obvious subjects connected with farming and husbandry, such as breeding of livestock, improvements in land use, crops, developments in technology and veterinary practices as well as other niche subjects from falconry, brewing, gardening, botany, beekeeping and dogs to rat catching and cheese making.

Wednesday 28 September - Thursday 29 September 10am-4pm and morning of sale from 8am

Buyer's premium:
22.0% + VAT (26.4% in total)

Please note you will be required to remove your purchased items within seven working days of the sale unless by prior arrangement. Collections are by appointment from Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm. Saturday collections are only available when there is a sale and STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make an appointment call 01969 623780 or email

Name: Oliver Yarwood

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Books, Maps and Manuscripts (179)