DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis.

Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,

Segun Los Principios de Mons. Tull. Inglès.

Madrid: En la Imprenta del Mercurio, por Joseph de Orga, impresor. 1751 Stock Code: 129087
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First edition in Spanish of the first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise on agriculture, which had been 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. This edition includes as the appendix a Spanish translation of an excerpt from the 12th-century Kitab al-Filaha, the most important medieval Arabic work on agriculture, by the Andalusian Abu Zakariya ibn al-Awwam; a seven-page dictionary of Arabic names and words in Arabic and Spanish is included between p. 268 and 269. An uncommon work: WorldCat lists nine copies in institutions, none of which are in British holdings.

Provenance: The Lawes Agricultural Library, with their stamp and pencilled shelf marks to title page. The library was assembled in the early 20th century by Sir John Russell, director of the Rothamsted agricultural research institution in Hertfordshire, and ranked as one of the finest English collections of agricultural material. With a presentation inscription to John Russell, dated 1943, on the front free endpaper in Spanish, along with the stamp of the Spanish ministry of agriculture.

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Description

Quarto (200 x 148 mm). Early 20th-century calf, twin green morocco labels to spine, spine gilt to compartments, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

10 engraved folding plates.

Condition

Shelf mark at head of spine. Spine darkened and rubbed, light wear to extremities, some minor marking to covers, hinges splitting, light finger soiling to first few leaves but contents generally clean and crisp. A very good copy.

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