Coltivazione e Governo del Lino Marzuolo. Giovanni Battista TRECCO.
Coltivazione e Governo del Lino Marzuolo.
Coltivazione e Governo del Lino Marzuolo.

Flax

Coltivazione e Governo del Lino Marzuolo.

Fine engraved title & 12 finely engraved plates. 1 p.l., viii, 80 pp. Large 4to, orig. semi-stiff boards, many edges uncut. Vicenza: D. Bardella, 1792.

First edition of this handsomely illustrated work which describes the cultivation of the land to grow flax, and the entire process — harvesting, retting, breaking, scutching, cleaning, spinning, weaving, and bleaching — of flax to manufacture linen. The twelve plates depict methods of cultivation and processing of flax, including the tools employed and workers in contemporary dress. Flax was, without any competitor, the most important of all vegetable fibers until the close of the 18th century when cotton took its place as the supreme vegetable fiber of commerce.

Trecco (1747-1830), abbot at the cathedral at Vicenza, was greatly interested in improving the agricultural methods used in Italy. His tireless efforts won him considerable local fame.

Fine and handsome copy in original state.

Price: $3,250.00

Item ID: 3160