Paris: de l’Imprimerie Royale, 1751. Third edition. 12mo, contemporary marbled calf, gilt stamped spine, red morocco label, gilt lettering, xii, 144 pages. 4 folding plates, one engraved headpiece. Front hinge cracked but sound; some wear and darkening to the spine, with a little chipping at the head; a good copy. Item #18784
First published in 1749 and then in a second edition in 1751, this third edition might well marks the first “handy” guide given its size and pagination. A detailed and practical guide to hatching and raising domestic birds, including directions on building ovens to heat incubators, from the entomologist and practical scientist Réaumur; one plate, appropriately enough, includes a view of a Réaumur thermometer giving the safe range for the artificial incubation of eggs With a contemporary clipped imprint or advertisement for M. R. Huzard, publisher and bookseller on rue de l’Éperon, mounted to the verso of the front blank (opposite the title), presumably a distributor of this title. Small flaw to one leaf with loss to a few letters but no loss of sense; small tear from one margin, not touching text.