first edition Original publisher's purple cloth binding with gilt stamping to spine & front board
1879 · San Francisco
by [Horticulture]. Shinn, Chas. H[oward. 1852 - 1924]
San Francisco: Published and Sold by Dewey & Co. Publishers of the Pacific Rural Press, 1879. 1st edition. Not in Cowan. Original publisher's purple cloth binding with gilt stamping to spine & front board. Spine sunned. Prior owner signature(s) to front paste-down & top margin, p. 100. A VG - VG+ copy.. 122, [6 (adverts)] pp. Illustrated with wood engravings. 12mo. 7-1/2" x 4-5/8"
The author speculates that this book the first work written on California horticulture by a Californian for Californians: "This little volume is a venture into a field which the writers of this coast have hitherto carefully avoided...Yet this is a land for vines, and fruits, and flowers..." (Preface). (Inventory #: 41227)