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[Liger, Louis]
La Nouvelle Maison Rustique, ou Economie Générale de Tous Les Biens de Campagne Sixième Edition, augmentée considérablement et mise en meilleur ordre
Paris: chez Saillant, 1768. Ninth edition. 33 copper-engraved plates and numerous woodcuts throughout the text. 2 vols. Thick 4to. Eighteenth-century full polished mottled calf, edges marbled, marbled endpapers, gilt spine. Fine copy. Fine edition of the standard source on rural economy of the eighteenth century. Liger's magnificent compendium of Gallic lore and rural wisdom was first published in 1700 under the title ?'conomie Générale, and first under the above title in 1721; numerous expanded versions followed. With its encyclopedic scope and the vast variety of subjects, ranging from bee-keeping to the distillation of eaux-de vie, from rural architecture to the cultvation of pheasants, there is much here for the sportsman: Book II of the Fourth Part is entirely devoted to 'La Chasse et autres amusemens champêtres', with chapters on shooting, hunting various prey with dogs and horses, including sections on breeding, a full section on falconry (with some fine woodcuts), and a final extensive 'Dictionnaire de Vénérie & de Fauconnerie' -- the whole illustrated with fine engraved plates and even more charming woodcuts.
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