Conjectures sur la cause de la diminution apparente des eaux sur notre globe : adressées au Cit. Francois (de Neuf-Chateau)
First edition of this extremely rare work which is an early and unrecognized work on ecology in which the author reflects on the causes of the diminution of water on earth. He attributes this without hesitation to the activity of man, in particular to his destruction of forests. Salverte (1771-1839), a lawyer before the French Revolution and afterwards a liberal active in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, envisioned nature as a fragile balance put out of equilibrium by man.