A Practical Treatise of Husbandry:
wherein contained, many useful and valuable experiments and observations in the new husbandry, collected during a series of years, also, the most approved practice of the best English farmers, in the old method of husbandry. With copper-plates of several new and useful instruments.London: for J. Whiston and B. White, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, P. Davey and B. Law, 1759 Stock Code: 114569
First edition in English. The first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise was published in France in 1750 as Traité de la culture des terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work of Duhamel du Monceau. The English edition was translated and edited by John Mills.
Quarto (262 x 205 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, red morocco label, twin gilt rules to raised bands and borders of boards, edges speckled red, title page in red and black. Woodcut head- and tailpieces and historiated capitals.
With six engraved plates, of which 4 are folding; folding table.
Small wormhole to bottom edge of front board and bottom margin of first half of text block neatly repaired; contemporary or early reference number inscription to front free endpaper. Light scuffing and some superficial insect damage to boards, joints faintly worn, the occasional isolated spot to contents. A very good copy.
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