Mémoire sur les défrichements.

Paris, Veuve D’Houry, 1760.

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Idem. Pratique des défrichements. Paris, Veuve D’Houry, 1760.

2 works in 1 vol., 12mo.; pp. xii, 324, [2, blank]; [4 (engraved plate and title-page)], 5-151, [1]; short marginal tear to frontispiece, short tear to C4 with no loss, title and frontispiece of Pratique lightly browned, the odd spot, but a very good copy, in contemporary full mottled calf, panelled spine decorated in gilt, red morocco lettering-piece; a few surface scratches to rear cover, light rubbing to extremities; with a nineteenth-century armorial bookplate on front paste-down.

First edition of both works. The Marquis de Turbilly (1717-76) describes the process of turning a large inherited estate into a model farm, by cultivating the fallow land. He goes into some detail of the agricultural processes, but also describes ways and means to encourage land owners and farmers to cultivate the fallow land of France. His writings were hugely successful and together with Patullo he is one of the agricultural writers who supported the ideas of the Physiocrats.

INED 4356, Kress 5909, Higgs 2178.

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