D.M. Dewey's Series of American Fruits, Flowers, and Ornamental Trees : Colored from Nature (... D.M. Dewey's Series of American Fruits, Flowers, and Ornamental Trees : Colored from Nature (... D.M. Dewey's Series of American Fruits, Flowers, and Ornamental Trees : Colored from Nature (... D.M. Dewey's Series of American Fruits, Flowers, and Ornamental Trees : Colored from Nature (...

D.M. Dewey's Series of American Fruits, Flowers, and Ornamental Trees : Colored from Nature (Nurserymen's Trade Catalogue, 1876 Centennial Tree Plantings w. Declaration of Independence)

Dewey, D. M. (Dellon Marcus)

Published by D.M. Dewey, Rochester, NY, 1876
Condition: Poor Hardcover
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With an early in-text mention [1876] of singing "The Star Spangled Banner" to help celebrate Independence Day. Half-bound in black leather with beige cloth over boards, 4to (11 inches [27.9 cm] tall), pp. unpaginated (plates numbered in pencil at top corner), 31 hand-colored plates, most with "D.M. Dewey's Series, Colored From Nature : American Fruits and Flowers" printed at foot. Front pastedown with the penciled name "Wm. Kettlewell Esq. / Nurseryman / London" [John William Kettlewell is listed in the "Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists : Including Plant Collectors, Flower Painters and Garden Designers" by Ray Desmond. London. 1994], as being "fl. 1860's " [active 1860's]; an institutional and deaccession rubber stamp, price list in pencil and a tally in pencil to rear pastedown. Volume poor and mostly disbound, backstrip ragged and partially detached, plates soiled and toned with pencil marks, cuts and tears, old tape repairs near gutters, three plates trimmed to the smaller "pocket book" size and a fourth print sized - but not cut - and annotated in pencil "Size of Pocket book". Many plates have also obviously been removed by the nurseryman who worked with this salesman's tool. Nurseryman's books are uncommon survivors, and desirable in any condition, given their intended use. The terminal plate "Austrian Pine" has printed on verso "The Centennial Trees / 1776 - 1876 / . The great centennial year of this nation, 1876, will be thus commemorated by thousands all over the land. / copies of the Declaration of Independence complete with facsimile of the signatures of the signers . Tree agents will find this a desirable gift for their customers." including instructions for holding such a party and at what point to sing "Hail Columbia" and "The star spangled banner." and also gives "Rochester, N.Y." as Dewey's address on recto. Some plates have also been printed on different paper and in a slightly different style, indicating possibly, that pages were added or removed as stock and customer preferences changed. Ref. Desmond, p. 399 ; Ravensway, A Nineteenth-Century Garden ; University of Rochester Library Bulletin, Nineteenth-Century Rochester Fruit and Flower Plates. Volume XXXV, 1982. Bookseller Inventory # 1918

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Title: D.M. Dewey's Series of American Fruits, ...

Publisher: D.M. Dewey, Rochester, NY

Publication Date: 1876

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Poor

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