The first chapter is devoted to Jesuit Georgic in the Age of Louis XIV', and discusses first Rene Rapin's Hortorum libri IV (Paris, 1665) and Jacob Vaniere's Praedium rusticum
libri XVI (Toulouse, 1730), immensely popular poems with many later editions and translations, both ultimately inspired by Virgil's Georgics, the former concerned principally with formal gardens, the latter containing much practical advice The chapter concludes with a short section on some less well known poems, including Francois Champion's poem on fishing, Stagna (Paris, 1689).
One of the most unusual books of the Rusticatio is Book 6, "Fibri" ["Beavers"], which may have been inspired by Book 14, "Apes," ["Bees"], and Book 13, "Columbae" ["Doves"] of the Praedium Rusticum [The Country Estate], a long descriptive Latin poem on agriculture, by the French Jesuit Jacques Vaniere (1664-1739), often referred to as "the Virgil of France."(8) Another possible inspiration is the fourth Georgic of Virgil, which deals with beekeeping, the life of the bees, their social organization, and common goal.
(8.) The Praedium Rusticum of Vaniere reflects the enthusiasm in the eighteenth century for the didactic poem of the countryside.