New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Limited to 500 copies printed at the Knickerbocker Press. xix, 190 pp, with 4 etched plates and 88 photogravures. Bound in full morocco, with intricate stamping in blind and gilt, designed by Alice C. Morse. "It is by far the most expensive book that Morse is known to have designed, and was sold on publication for the high price of $25" (Metropolitan Museum of Art). Scattered foxing and spotting throughout, front and rear blank pages stained, rubbing to extremities; all else very good. Webb (1851-1926) began his career as a physician, but turned to business–and the railroad industry in particular–after marrying into the Vanderbilt family. His railroads were instrumental in opening the Adirondacks to tourism in the late nineteenth century. This beautifully illustrated volume documents aprivate rail journey taken by Webb and several friends and family members through the American and Canadian West, with stops at Denver, Colorodo Springs, Santa Fe, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Monterey, the Yosemite Valley, San Francisco, Montana, the Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Sitka, and Victoria. The text contains much interesting historical and descriptive detail. Cowan p. 672; Smith 10804; Wickersham 6481; Tourville 4764.
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Cincinnati: Moore, Anderson & Company, 1854. Hardcover. Good+. Fifth edition (first issued 1852). 12mo, viii, 142 pp, original blue cloth. Binding sound, boards lightly soiled, moderate foxing to first and last 20 pages or so, previous owner's name on front free endpaper and p. 9. Based largely on earlier sources, but augmented with new information from the author's experience with grape cultivation in the Ohio Valley. Text covers development of the vineyard and the making of wine, with statistics on expected costs, yield, etc.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1867. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Large octavo. 483 pp, with index and "nearly 200 engravings drawn from nature." A lovely copy in original gilt-stamped green cloth. Mild fraying to spine ends, gift inscription on front free endpaper. The author notes that "grape culture, and especially wine making, are yet in their infancy in this country," but is optimistic that the solid principles he provides ("stating no fact that we have not repeatedly verified, and which may not be repeated by others") will lead to success for both the amateur gardener and the vineyardist alike. The text is nicely illustrated and covers climate, soil preparation, laying out and planting a vineyard, training, varieties of grape, propagation, stakes and trellises, cultivation, diseases and insects, and, finally, wine-making. Amerine & Borg 2290.