Essay on Sheep: Their Varieties--Account of the Merinoes of Spain, France, &c. Reflections on the Best Method of Treating Them, and Raising a Flock in the United States; Together with Miscellaneous Remarks on Sheep, and Woollen Manufactures
Concord, NH: Daniel Cooledge, 1813.
Hardcover. Very good. Third edition (first published 1809). 16mo, 143 pp, with wonderful wood-engraved sheep vignette on title page. Contemporary binding of calf-backed marbled boards with black spine label. Bookplate of Catholic priest and book collector Joseph M. Gleason on front pastedown. Five-digit number ink-stamped on verso of title page and some other faint markings on the same page suggest this may once have been in a library, but there are no other indications. Some scuffing to the spine, but overall quite a nice copy with tight binding and minimal foxing. Livingston is best known as a politician (he represented New York in the Continental Congress, became Congress’s first secretary of foreign affairs, and then minister plenipotentiary to France under Jefferson), but he "maintained a lifelong involvement in agricultural experimentation and other amateur, though serious, “projecting,” applying his innovations in farming and Merino sheep culture to his extensive acreage. Known throughout the Anglo-American world for his projects, in 1793 Livingston founded with others the New York Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Manufactures, and the Useful Arts" (ANB).