Memoire Instructif sur la Maniere de rassembler, de preparer, de conserver, et d'envoyer les diverses Curiosités d'Histoire naturelle; auquel on a joint un Mémoire intitulé: Avis pour le Transport par mer, des Arbres, des Plantes vivaces, des Semences, & de diverses autres Curiosités d'Histoire Naturelle.
by [TURGOT, Étienne François].
25 folding engraved plates. xvi, 144, 141-235,  pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (ends of spines very carefully renewed, one corner a little rounded), spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Lyon: J.M. Bruyset, 1758. First edition. Turgot (1721-88), older brother of the famous reformer, "served briefly as the governor of Guiana (1764-65). After his retirement from public life in 1765, he devoted himself to agricultural experiments and study, interests which had already led him to introduce the cultivation of exotic crops in Malta and Guiana. Like his friends Malesherbes and Duhamel du Monceau, with whom he corresponded on agricultural subjects, Turgot used a large part of his land in Normandy for the naturalization of foreign trees and the cultivation of botanical rarities."-D.S.B., XIII, p. 497. One can easily imagine Lapérouse and the other great French explorers packing a copy of this book before their departures. Very good copy. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5346)
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