1796 COLTIVAZIONE DEL RISO / CULTIVATION OF RICE Full VELLUM COVERS Italian Text
LA COLTIVAZIONE DEL RISO, by Gian Battista Spolverini (aka Giambattista Spolverini).
VERONA (Italy): Dalla Stamperia GIULIARI MDCCXCVI (1796). Fifth edition.
Full Vellum, 4to, 9x12 inches (22x30 cm), Pagination: XVI, 224 pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. Printed on fine rag paper.
First published in 1758, Spolverini's poem concerning rice and rice cultivation was popular and was printed in no less than 15 editions, this being the fifth. Italy was second only to Spain in its cultivation of rice in Europe. Rice first appeared in Italy in 1468 around Pisa, along the Lombardy plain. Spolverini's poem is considered a major work in the genre of Italian bucolic and didactic poetry. This edition also includes an "Elogio" by Ippolito Pindemonte.
It is said that rice farmers could successfully grow rice using only this book.
VERY GOOD condition: Light wear to vellum; front hinge starting to split at the top, just a little foxing here and there and a few minor instances of worming. A solid, bright, lovely, vellum bound copy of this important Italian work on rice.
Everyone loves Italian rice, especially when it's from 1796!
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