Pratique de l’art de faire éclorre et d’élever en toute saison des oiseaux domestiques de toutes especes, soit par le moyen de la chaleur du fumier, soit par le moyen de celle du feu ordinaire.

Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1751.

12mo, pp. xii, 144; with 4 engraved folding plates; a fine copy in full catspaw calf, spine richly stamped gilt in compartments, contrasting morocco label lettered gilt, marbled endpapers; corners slightly worn.


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The third edition (first 1749) of one of the major works of the great French scientist and naturalist Réaumur (1683-1757), on the art of hatching and rearing domestic birds. The work was translated into English in 1750. Réaumur discusses the proper temperature for incubating eggs, various types of heating apparatus, and the hatching, care, and feeding of chicks.

Réaumur’s work was characterised by its extraordinary richness and diversity, and he is justly famous for his investigations into iron and steel, for the thermometer scale that bears his name, and for his work on insects.

Dingley 523.

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