French, Henry F
Farm Drainage. The Principals, Processes, and Effects of Draining Land, with Stones, Wood, Plows and Open Ditches, and Especially with Tiles. Including Tables of Rainfall, Evaporation, Filtration, Excavation, Capacity of Pipes, Cost and Number to the
New York: C.M. Saxton, Publisher, 1863.
Octavo, 384 pages. Illustrated throughout. Later printing of the original 1859 edition. The "high water mark" of American drainage science. French, a Concord, N.H. farmer and judge, was the inventor of the French Drain, and father of sculptor Daniel Chester French. French was also an acquaintance of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and sprinkles the book liberally with quotes from the great Transcendentalist's poetry. This copy ex-libris the Tenney Memorial Library of Newburyport, VT, but with only a small round shelf sticker to spine, a bookplate on the front pastedown, and an ink shelf number on the rear pastedown. Still, overall very good or better, in publisher's gilt and blind stamped brown cloth.