ZANON, Antonio.

Della Marna e di alcuni altri fossili atti a render fertili le terre.

In Venezia: Appresso Modesto Fenzo, 1768

4to, 240 pages. Woodcut ornament on title, woodcut headpiece and initials. Near-contemporary vellum, sides faintly ruled in blue, blue morocco label (faded) on spine, marbled endpapers. Binding a little marked otherwise a clean and large copy. Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘Board of Agriculture 1801’ and with the later stamp of the Ministry of Agriculture on verso of title.

FIRST EDITION. On the use of marl and other sources of lime such as fossils for use as fertiliser. Antonio Zanon (1696–1770), agronomist and economist, was the author of a dozen works on agriculture and related subjects. He was one of the promoters of the first agricultural academy in mainland Italy, the Società d’Agricoltura Pratica in Udine, which was followed within a few years by other similar academies in most of the main cities.


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