L’Agriculture simplifiée selon les Regles des Anciens. Avec un Projet propre à la faire revivre, comme étant la plus profitable & la plus facile. Louis Antoine CARACCIOLI.

On Agriculture and Wine, Influenced by the Physiocrats

L’Agriculture simplifiée selon les Regles des Anciens. Avec un Projet propre à la faire revivre, comme étant la plus profitable & la plus facile.

xxxv, [1], 340, [3] pp. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (head of spine a little chipped), red morocco lettering-piece on spine, spine gilt. Paris: Bailly, 1769.

First edition of a rare work on agriculture and the production of wine, heavily influenced by the Physiocrats. Caraccioli (1719-1803), a writer on various topics and an itinerant pen-for-hire, was a fervent advocate of Necker. In this treatise, Caraccioli discusses the problems of agriculture in the 1760s, including the declining rural population, an excessive number of manufacturers, and the lack of a centralized land register. There are frequent references to the agricultural practices of other nations, such as Italy, Hungary, and Germany. Chapter Three is devoted to maximizing the output of vineyards through more sophisticated practices. The final section, which lays out Caraccioli’s proposals, reflects the Physiocrats’ admiration of Chinese agrarian policies.

A very good copy, with a few contemporary corrections. Engraved 19th-century bookplate with the initials “C: ST:” on front paste-down.

❧ Barbier, Dictionnaire des Ouvrages anonymes, col. 83. N.B.G., Vol. 8, col. 653.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 6410