1863. Cincinnati: Applegate & Co., 1863.
Sm. 8vo, original embossed pebbled brown cloth, backstrip gilt-lettered. 212 pp. Amazing pictorial woodcut title-page, twelve woodcut plates and text cuts, one three-color diagram, and one large, folding lithographic plate. Lettering faded, backstrip tips chipped, but otherwise a very good copy.
§ First Edition. A very good specimen of agricultural promotion that celebrates the imminent boom in the sorghum trade. The author foresees the United States gaining a new level of economic and nutritional independence by producing its own sugar and other products from the fast-growing plant. The illustrations are closely keyed to the numerous advertisements for processing machinery at the rear of the text. The marvelous lithographic plate measures six by eighteen inches and depicts happy farmers processing sorghum into sugar, syrup, molasses, etc., while in the distance their ship,a river steamer, literally comes in. Sabin 31222. Item #5881