San Francisco: Payot, Upham & Company, 1888.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 146 pp + 16 black and white plates, additional illustrations in the text. Bound in original green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration in black, and inscribed on the title page "Wm. R. Boothby, Esq. Compliments of the Author." Corners bumped, otherwise a nice copy externally. However, someone apparently used this book to practice some system of shorthand; about 40 pages have shorthand notations in ink above most or all words (please see our images). There are also occasional pencil annotations. So this is a fully readable but oddly flawed copy of the first edition, priced accordingly. The author was the manager of the Quito Olive and Vine Farm in Santa Clara, California. His book covers different species of olive, climate and soil conditions appropriate for growing, ground preparation, fertilization, pruning, pests, harvesting, and extraction and storage of olive oil.