THE COLORED FRUIT BOOK: FOR THE USE OF NURSERYMEN, CONTAINING ACCURATE SPECIMENS OF COLORED FRUITS AND FLOWERS...
by Dewey, Dellon Marcus
Rochester, N.Y.: D.M. Dewey, 1860. 58 chromolithographed and stenciled plates, plus broadsheet order form, and with 4pp. of advertisements laid in. Quarto. Original three-quarter calf and cloth boards, gilt stamped. Neatly rebacked, corners neatly repaired. Several ownership inscriptions on front and rear endleaves and titlepage. Name of original nursery owners gilt stamped on front board. Several plates closely trimmed with slight text loss, a bit of occasional offsetting and stray color. All plates with bright, fine coloring. Very good. D.M. Dewey was among the first of the Rochester nurserymen to produce elaborate plates depicting fruit and flower types for sale by dealers. Albums were generally made up specially for individual firms (the present album has the name of the firm, J.B. Pullen & Son, stamped on the front cover). Plates were produced both by chromolithography and by colored stencil or pochoir work. The latter are particularly beautiful and, as Charles Van Ravenswaay noted, are "more akin to folk painting than to the commercial art of their time." The plates collected here are devoted to the depiction of various fruits, principally apples, pears, plums, cherries, and berries. The album also contains an order form for Dewey's available list of plates bound in, as well as a four page leaflet advertising trees for sale from a "Franklin Nurseries" in Illinois. Albums such as this are quite scarce. The Oak Spring Garden Library collection as a Dewey album of circa 1866, on a similar format but with only thirty-eight plates. Oak Spring also has another Dewey album of a later date on a smaller format which is comprised mainly of chromolithographs. As time went on, more and more of the Rochester plates were chromolithographs, as opposed to the more appealing pochoir plates of the present album. A nice, rare piece of American color plate printing. OAK SPRING POMONA 64 (ref).
(Inventory #: WRCAM51880)
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