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ROZIER, François (1734–1793)

Vues économiques sur les moulins et pressoirs à huile d’olives : connus en France ou en Italie

Paris: chez Ruault, 1776
4to: π1 A–C4 D2, 15 leaves, pp. [2] 27 [1] (last page blank). Small woodcut decoration on title, woodcut headpiece on A1.
7 engraved plates.
Condition: 275 x 205mm, untrimmed. Some minor dustsoiling.
Binding: Contemporary blue boards. Worn.
An offprint or separate edition of a memoir which appeared in Rozier's Journal de physique, de chemie, d'histoire naturelle et des arts. The plates are dated December 1776.

An analysis of the olive oil industry in Languedoc, Provence and Italy. The mills and presses in use are described and illustrated with a discussion of their potential improvement. Rozier proposes that the type of windmill in use in Flanders for crushing oil-seeds could be adapted for crushing olives; these mills are illustrated on the last two plates. The text includes up-to-date information such as the price of olives and three grades of oil in January 1776.
OCLC locates 3 copies, UC Davis, LC and Hagley.
Keywords:     food and drink    agriculture