New-York: Printed and Sold by Collins and Perkins, No. 189 Pearl-Street, 1810. Second edition. Original white paper spine, marbled boards, 7.5 x 4.5 inches, 164,  pages, untrimmed. Three plates. Spine largely perished, joints cracked (but cords holding), some foxing and light staining to the plates, general light staining otherwise; a good copy. Item #19910
“How many years will roll away before the sheep of Europe and America are converted into Merinos? . . . How many machines will be introduced, which, by reducing the price of labour, extend the consumption of a manufacture, while they add to the price of raw materials?” Published by order of the Legislature of the State of New York, this is an early work on the Merino sheep in America from the statesman and experimental agricultural scientist Livingston (1746-1813), who argues that new breeds like the Merino and Clermont will bring prosperity even to the middling sorts. The first edition (published without plates) appeared in 1809; Livingston in this edition appends his shearing totals for 1810. Rink 1602; American Imprints 20581. With ink signatures dated 1828 of members of the Martin family of Red Hook and Rhinebeck, New York on the rear free endpaper and several columns of sums in front endpapers.