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La Salle de l'Etang, Simon Philibert de.]
Prairies artificielles, ou Lettre a Monsieur de *** sur les moyens de fertiliser les terreins secs & steriles dans la Champagne & dans les autres provinces du Royaume
[n. p.], Paris, 1756. First edition, 12mo, pp. [4], 124; lacking the errata leaf; head- and tail-pieces throughout; contemporary mottled calf, the spine gilt in six compartments (red morocco label in 1), and all edges red; light wear to extremities, small worm trail on back cover affecting leather only, and a small (1-inch diameter) illegible stamp in red on title-page; overall a very attractive, clean copy. An important treatise on crop rotation. La Salle de l'Etang (d. 1765) provides one of the earliest systematic plans for rotating food crops with "artificial" pastures, allowing tilled lands to rebuild nutrient reserves. In addition, the author advocates raising livestock for manure to fertilize dry and sterile lands. In order to facilitate his plan, he calls for the establishment of a national bureau of agriculture that would be responsible for record-keeping, distributing produce throughout the country in times of famine and regional crises, regulating foreign trade in agricultural products, and maintaining fair prices. A second edition of La Salle de l'Etang's treatise appeared in 1758 and a third, expanded version of 330 pages in 1762 (both with a Brussels imprint). Six copies in US libraries: Harvard, Yale, Delaware, UC-Davis, and 2 others. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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