A Short Treatise on Horticulture. Embracing descriptions of a great variety of fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs, grape vines, bulbous flowers, green-house trees and plants, &c
by PRINCE, William.
New York: T. and J. Swords , 1828. 8vo, original paper boards, cloth spine, wanting the printed label. Pp. x, 196. A little wear at foot of spine, scattered foxing. A nice uncut copy. First and only edition. An influential work by the preeminent American nurseryman of his time. "The publication in 1828 of A short treatise on horticulture by William Prince of the famous Linnaean Botanic Garden marked the beginning of a new era in horticultural books in America. This was the first book of the kind in America that broke away from the English custom of treating horticulture in calendar style. The books was at once popular." - Hedrick, p. 477. The section on grapes is a substantial 30 pages, with interesting descriptions of American varieties. Hedrick considered the book common, but that was over 40 years ago and our experience suggests otherwise, and only one copy shows up in the auction records of the past thirty years. AI 34887; Rink 1693.. (Inventory #: 1176)