3 vols., 8vo, pp. , xcvi, 143, , ; , 350, , viii, ; , xxxi, , 492, x + errata leaf; with 2 large folding tables and 4 engraved plates; leaves faintly browned with some occasional light staining; still a good copy in contemporary quarter sheep and marbled boards, spines ruled and direct lettered gilt in compartments, lightly rubbed.
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Traité d’Agriculture. Considérée tant en elle même que dans ses rapports d’économie politique. Avec les preuves, tirées de la comparaison de l’Agriculture, du commerce & de la navigation de la France & de l’Angleterre. Principes sur lesquels on doit établir la repartition des impôts & des dépenses publiques, pour encourager la culture & le commerce, dans la situation où la France se trouve ...
First edition, scarce. ‘According to De Fresne (1743-1815), French agriculture was suffering from the undue extent of corn-growing, and an excessive consumption of fodder in large towns ... He advocates the extension of pasture lands, and a more developed production of cattle and consumption of meat (instead of bread)’ (Palgrave). The tables show a detailed comparison of the agricultural production of France and Great Britain.
Musset 1849; Palgrave I, p. 673; OCLC records 3 copies only (Bibliotèque Centrale du Musée National Histoire Naturelle, France; University of Chicago; Princeton University).
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Einleitung zu den Oeconomischen Politischen und Cameral-Wissenschaften, worrinen für dieses mal die Oeconomico-Cameralia von den Domainen- oder Cammer- auch andern Gütern, deren Administration und Anschlägen, so wol des Ackerbaues als anderer Pertinentien halber, samt den Regalien angezeiget und erläutert werden. Nebst einem Vorbericht von der Fundation der neuen œconomischen Profession, und des Allerdurchlautigsten Stifters eigentlichen allergnädigsten Absicht.
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