Grapes And Grape Vines Of California.
[San Francisco: Edward Bosqui, 1877] San Francisco: John Windle, 1980. Folio,  pp., 10 color plates with text. A fine copy in sheets and portfolio as issued. Limited to 40 copies for sale in sheets; this exact facsimile of the first California ampelography to show the grapes in superb color printing by the renowned printer Bosqui was reissued by San Francisco printers and binders from one of the few extant perfect copies (now at the Lilly Library). It is the rarest of American color plate books and this wonderfully accurate facsimile has an introduction by Kevin Starr. The edition was not completed and only 65 sets were released (of which 25 were bound). Zamorano Select (2010) 34A writes that in his valuable introduction to the Windle facsimile Kevin Starr provides historical background for the original edition. Both as a work on viticulture and as a color-plate book, Grapes and Grape Vines of California was an unprecedented achievement for a California press as indeed was the facsimile which was so impressive that Harcourt Brace Jovanovich reissued it in a reduced format trade edition that went through two large printings before being remaindered.
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