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Tratado pratico da cultura de amoreiras, e da creação dos bichos da seda, com huma necessaria instrucção de tudo o que he congruente ao feliz successo deste trafico, offerecido ao Illmo. e Excmo. Senhor Marquez de Pombal .
Lisbon, Na Regia Officina Typografica, 1773. - 8°, contemporary mottled sheep (minor wear at extremities), spine gilt with floral ornaments and raised bands in five compartments, crimson leather lettering piece, gilt letter. Woodcut arms of the Marquês de Pombal, the dedicatee, on title page. Woodcut headpieces, tailpieces, and initials. Light stain in upper margin throughout, larger toward the end but never touching the text. In very good condition. (8 ll.), 98 pp. *** FIRST EDITION of this treatise (considered important within its field) on the cultivation of mulberry trees and silkworms, covering the best type of soil, best type of mulberry bush, early growth and transplantation, pruning, gathering leaves, treatment of silkworms, and gathering of cocoons. The author notes that he had seen many treatises in French and other languages on sericulture, but none were aimed at those actually engaged in it: "todos mostrão não serem feitos por pessoas, que tenhão conhecimento prático desta cultura, e por isso muito defeituosos, omittindo as principaes advertencias para a sua felicidade, ou tocando-as tanto de passagem, que ficão imperceptiveis" (preliminary leaf 5r). Sericulture in Portugal was strongly advocated by P. Rafael Bluteau (1638-1734), and was encouraged by the government beginning in the 1670s. It was encouraged again under the Marques de Pombal.The author lived near Guarda and devoted himself to agriculture.*** Innocêncio VII, 284. Imprensa Nacional p. 279, no. 80. Not located in NUC. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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