HUSBANDRY -- Manuscript book, 'Nastol'naia sel'sko khoziaistvennaia kniga po vsem otrasliam khoziaistva [A Table Book of Rural Economy for All Sectors of the Economy]', signed 'V.U. Astaf'ev', Russia, 1916, 394 pages, 8vo (220 x 175mm), illustrated throughout with over 240 drawings in pen-and-ink and coloured pencils, and some half-tone plates, most tipped-in, bound in contemporary half-sheep (extremities rubbed).
A REMARKABLE, RICHLY ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT GUIDE TO RURAL ECONOMY ON THE EVE OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION. The author, possibly writing for his child, considers all aspects of estate management: tilling the land, the merits of various ploughs and other equipment, including the astrolabe, raising haystacks, calendar of the hunt, the selection of dogs, type of fowl and their eggs, portraits of Russian and European cows, the construction of agricultural buildings, calving, and many others. With: c. 40 pages, similar and by the same hand, but dated 1917-18, perhaps for an intended but unfinished supplement, including a section on types of strawberries.