How To Make The Farm Pay or The Farmer's Book of Practical Information on agriculture, stock raising, fruit culture, special crops, domestic economy and family medicine. By Charles W. Dickerman, assisted by Hon. Charles L. Flint. The book is illustrated with 140 engravings. Published in 1868.
This is a rare salesman's edition, which includes selections from the full book. There are two sample covers pasted on the inside of the front. These represent other bindings that could be ordered.
This is a sought after book, and although the condition is fair, the most interesting part is the use of the extra pages, meant for the farmer's notes. It appears that it was used to practice handwriting and has one wonderful page with an inscription is German. Please see this in the photos. I won't transcribe the old German, but it says "Christian Gottschall, Born 21 June 1848, Friedrich tp Montgomery County." (Frederick township is NW of Philadelphia).
Overall, this book is in fair condition. It is 6" x 9", cloth cover, 170 pages. The full book would be over 700 pages. Some person, perhaps Christian, was a bit enthusiastic with a rubber stamp and some transfers with angels. There are interesting ads, testimonials, and of course, information on farming. A little window into the life of a young farmer 150 years ago.