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Essai sur l'administration des terres.
Paris: chez Jean-Thomas Hérissant,, 1759. 2 works in 1 volume, octavo (200 x 122 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco label to spine, compartments and raised bands elaborately decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, edges red. Engraved head- and tailpieces. Bookplate and Bibliotheque d'Hauteville library ticket to front pastedown. With the contents page repositioned after the avertissement. Spine ends and corners bumped, extremities lightly rubbed, hinges cracked but firm, endpapers a little marked and browned with contents lightly foxed, a very good copy. First and only edition of this pseudonymously authored treatise on agricultural reform originally attributed to Francois Quesnay by Barbier and published one year after the appearance of Quesnay's hugely influential Tableau économique. As a result of the statements made within, which emphasise the importance of agriculture to the national economy and strongly support contemporary Physiocratic doctrines, it was wrongly assumed to be authored by Quesnay. It is scarce in commerce and OCLC locates only one copy in institutional holdings (Libris Consortium Stockholm). Essai sur l'administration des terres is bound together with a first edition L'art de cultiver les peupliers d'Italie by Pelée de Saint-Maurice, published in Paris in 1762. This short treatise provides readers with advice on cultivating the poplar tree which was introduced in France in 1745 and quickly became the preferred tree for river and canal banks.
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