One of the never-equaled treatises on New York produce published in the very early twentieth century by the New York State Department of Agriculture as special volumes appended to its Annual Reports. Better known are Apples of New York and Grapes of New York, but cherries were, in fact, a major sector of the state’s fruit production and remain important today in the north central region. Filled with historical background, botanical description, and invaluable material on cherry culture, it is a substantial book—8-1/2” x 12” and 371 pages, printed on luxurious, heavy paper stock. It has always been in demand for its 56 magnificent color plates. Unfortunately, many of the volumes have been cannibalized over the years, and copies with missing plates are often encountered.
This copy, published in 1915, has all the plates present, all of them intact and fresh. Because of the book’s size and weight, many we have seen are marred by soft or even broken bindings; our copy is sound and tight. And from careless storage, yellowing of the pages too often develops; the pages here are clean and white. Some scattered foxing. The only signs of wear show on the case—more from being shelved and unshelved than from abuse. The front board, with gold-stamped title on dark green buckram binding, is very good, but the spine has some scraping, especially toward the lower end and the bottom half-inch of the back board. The bottom edges of the boards, which do not show, are abraded, clearly from the effect of a heavy book resting on or being moved over a hard surface. All in all, this is an outstanding copy, probably a first printing (no markings) of a very desirable book—great to own or great to give.