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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.
£450

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