The California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, October 29, 1858
The California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, October 29, 1858

The California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, October 29, 1858

San Francisco: Colonel Warren, 1858.

Complete single issue (Volume X, Number 13) of the first agricultural journal published on the West Coast. [8] pp, 14.5 x 21 inches. Moderate foxing, one page roughly opened at the top; good to very good overall. The California Farmer was founded in 1854 by James Warren, a Boston-born horticulturalist who arrived in California in 1849, established a successful business in Sacramento selling fruit trees and agricultural implements to settlers, organized the first California State Fair (in 1852), and helped found the California State Agricultural Society. HIstorian Kevin Starr writes that The California Farmer, which Warren edited with his son, John Quincy Adams Warren, "ranked in range and excellence with such Eastern counterparts as...Country Gentleman and the American Agriculturist," and set high standards of "journalism aimed at a largely middle class, literate clientele, many of whom had turned to the the land after urban careers in the East and were hence accustomed to taking advice from the printed page" (Inventing the Dream, p. 137). So successful was this periodical that it was published until 2013. This early issue includes "Letter No. 1" describing the aims of the California State Agricultural Society; articles on the merits of llamas, girdling grape vines, and the Klamath Indians; agricultural news and advice from around the country; a book review and notices of other publications received; a Ladies Department offering poetry and womanly advice; and dozens of advertisements from California businesses offering every type of product and service of potential interest to the farmer.

Item #21262

Price: $150.00

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