Vervattende vele middelen om zyn Goed te Vermeerderen, en Zyne Gezondheid te Behouden …Leiden & Amsterdam, S. Luchtmans & H. Uytwerf, 1743 Stock Code: 113541
NotesFirst Dutch edition, first published in France in 1709 as the Dictionnaire Oeconomique. Chomel's celebrated work was arguably the most popular household almanac of the 18th century. Ambitious in scope, the encyclopedia covers a broad variety of topics ranging from domestic chores to botany, distilling techiques, fishing, geometry, and landscaping. Written to provide advice on how to live a successful and healthy life, the book presents a substantial number of remedies and treatments for illnesses as well as practical business wisdom for bankers, merchants, and officers of the courts. The plates illustrate activities, objects, and living organisms such as: plans for elaborate landscape gardens, horse musculature, designs for thermometers and barometers, farming methods, and how to build animal traps.
This Dutch edition formed the basis for the Japanese translation of 1783, and until its appearance the Dutch version was widely used in Japan.
2 volumes, quarto (250 x 203 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, spines lettered and ruled in gilt, elaborate floral scrollwork to compartments in gilt, raised bands, sprinkled edges.
Title pages printed in red and black, contents printed in double columns. Engraved frontispiece by Jan Punt and 80 folding plates, intentionally bound out of order as issued.
Spine of volume 1 professionally restored at head, all corners to both volumes restored in sheep. Spines and joints lightly rubbed, some mild surface wear to covers, occasional light dampstain and spotting with the odd stain to contents, otherwise a very good copy.
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