The Fruits Of America, Containing Richly Colored Figures, And full descriptions On All The Choicest Varieties Cultivated In The United States. Charles Mason Hovey.

The Fruits Of America, Containing Richly Colored Figures, And full descriptions On All The Choicest Varieties Cultivated In The United States

NY: D. Appleton, 1852-1856. First edition. leather_bound. 100 & 96 pages. 8vo, 26 x 18 cm. Ninety-six chromolithograph plates [with tissue guards] by Boston's William Sharp & Son, plus a plethora of woodcuts of fruit, flowers and trees. "He published also two complete volumes and part of a third entitled FRUITS OF AMERICA, purposing to give `richly colored figures and full descriptions of all the choicest varieties cultivated in the United States.' This work was issued in parts from 1847 to 1856, though the title page of the first complete volumes bears the date 1852. The volumes are handsomely printed printed and contain plates.......sketched from nature by Hovey himself." [see: DNB, Vol. 9, p.272]. Hovey also made the greatest single contribution to horticulture in the origination of the Hovey strawberry -- the first North American variety produced by a definite plan of breeding. NISSEN 941. REESE #20. Ex-library, no exterior marks, perforated library stamp title page, plates with circular library stamp in margins at lower corners. Vol. I plates and text clean and bright. Vol.II scattered text age-toning, plates affected mostly at margins. Lovely modern binding, raised bands, red leather spine label lettered in gilt. Modern three quarter brown calf and marbled boards. 2 vols. Fine. Item #15963

Price: $3,500.00

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