8vo, pp. , iv, , 300, ; two closed tears to title-page, slight creasing to top corners of quire I, else a very good copy in contemporary mottled calf, gilt triple fillet border to sides, spine decorated gilt with gilt-lettered red label, marbled edges and endpapers; upper joint rubbed and cracking, but firm, corners worn, a few small scrapes to covers.
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First edition. The author, doctor of the faculty of Caen and member of the academy of Rouen, wrote both scientific works and utopian novels, in which he anticipated such inventions as photography and television. The object of the Essai is to encourage its readers to rediscover the ‘fécondité de nos mers’. After examining the products of the sea, Tiphaigne de la Roche discusses different types of fishing, the challenges of establishing effective policing of fishing activity, and rights of fishing.
Goldsmiths’ 9557; Higgs 2211; Kress 5907.
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