Trattato della Seminazione de’ Campi, e della Coltivazione de’ Prati. Giambattista RATTI.

The Seed Drill Improved

Trattato della Seminazione de’ Campi, e della Coltivazione de’ Prati.

Seven folding engraved plates. xv, [1], 138, [3] pp. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (head & foot of spine a little worn, vellum a little warped), spine lettered in gilt. Casale: G.A. Meardi, 1764.

[bound with]:

RATTI, Alfonso. Nuova Giunta…cioé Descrizione de’ cambiamenti fatti al Seminatore con i quali esso si è reso più semplice. One folding engraved plate, numbered “8.” 45, [1] pp. 8vo. Casale: G.A. Meardi, 1766.

First editions; the second work, by Alfonso Ratti, is an addition to his father’s earlier treatise. Following Jethro Tull’s invention and perfection of the seed drill, there were numerous others who developed modifications and further improvements. In the first work, Ratti, a native of Casale Monferrato in the Piedmont, provides a history of the seed drill, its permutations, and its introduction into Italy. He then describes his version of the machine, which had the ability to plant many kinds of seeds, and his experiences as a farmer in the years 1755-60, when planting with the drill.

The excellent plates in each work depict the seed drill and its many parts.

Very good copies and rare. With the bookplate of Francesco Maria Berio (1765-1820), marchese di Salza, who was a leading intellectual figure in Naples and wrote several libretti for Gioacchino Rossini. Salza formed a large and important library, sold upon his death to William Ward (1750-1823), 3rd Viscount Dudley and Ward. With Viscount Dudley and Ward’s bookplate on rear paste-down. Old stamp of the Rothamsted Experimental Station on front paste-down.

Price: $2,500.00

Item ID: 6514