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Serres (Olivier de, Seigneur du Pradel) Le Theatre d'Agriculture et Mesnage des Champs, first edition, collation: a4 e4 A-5K4 5L2 5M4 5N6, engraved title by Mallery, 8 woodcut vignettes as headings to each book, 16 woodcut illustrations of parterres, woodcut decorations and initials, good margins, damp-staining to lower margin especially to last third of book, 19th century vellum boards, soiled, corners bumped, [Pritzel 8630; Schwerdt II, p.156; Vicaire 788; Kress 236; Mortimer French 494], Paris, Par Jamet metayer Imprimeur ordinaire du Roy, 1600; and 3 other editions of the same, v.s. (4)

⁂ First edition of the first major work on French agronomy. It is divided into eight books including viticulture, gardens, food, crops and livestock. Serres (1539-1619) was an early advocate of crop rotation, and in Paris had 20,000 mulberry bushes planted in the Tuilleries Gardens in order to increase the breeding of silkworms.

Provenance: first mentioned Rothamsted acquisition date 1919.

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Serres (Olivier de, Seigneur du Pradel) Le Theatre

Estimate £1,500 - £2,000
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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing