Albany, NY: Luther Tucker & Son, 1858-1864.
Hardcover. Very good. First three bound volumes of this annual, which was published from 1855 to 1881. These three volumes (each containing three years) cover the period 1855-1863. 5" x 8.25", uniformly bound in publisher's plum cloth with blind-stamped decoration and gilt vingette on upper boards. Each volume ca. 330 pp and illustrated with more than 400 engravings. Light dampstain to front cover of Volume II, all spines lightly sunned, otherwise a lovely, very good set. John Jacob Thomas (1810-1895) was a noted pomologist and prolific horticultural writer. These volumes contain his writings on a wide range of topics, including the design and construction of farm buildings and houses; selection, planting, and care of orchards, kitchen gardens, and field crops; the relative merits of various agricultural implements; beekeeping; pest management; crop rotation; the characteristics of different breeds of livestock, and more.