New Brunswick, NJ: I. Riley & Co., 1806.
First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Printed by William Eliott, New Brunswick, NJ. viii, (1)-246, + index and 8 plates. Recently rebound in quarter calf with red spine label, marbled boards; new endpapers. Dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, in appreciation of the President's "peculiar respect for the advancement and welfare of agriculture." Jefferson corresponded with Johnson and had a copy of the book in his library (Sowerby Catalogue I: 532). The first American treatise on rammed-earth construction, this work draws heavily on the writings of influential French agriculturalist Francois Cointeraux. After experimenting with rammed-earth techniques in constructing a house in New Brunswick, Johnson supplemented that work based on his own ideas and experience, providing illustrations and an outline of basic tools, materials and techniques. Also noteworthy is a 45-page section "On the Culture of the Vine," which provides practical directions for cultivating grapes on American soil, as well as recommendations on harvesting, fermentation, and bottling. An appendix includes recipes for currant wine, elder wine, ginger wine, and orange wine, and plate VII illustrates various stages of growth and pruning. Not in Amerine & Borg; Not in Sabin.