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    Early American Viticulture

    John Adlum. A Memoir on the Cultivation of the Vine in America, and the Best Mode of Making Wine. Washington, DC: William Greer, 1828.

    Second edition. Twelvemo. 179 pages. Errata page. Facsimile fold-out letter from Thomas Jefferson to the author as a frontispiece.

    Contemporary morocco over marbled boards. Gilt lettering to spine. Front hinge cracked. Rubbing to binding. Some foxing throughout. Very good.

    John Adlum first published his book on the cultivation of American wine in 1823, which the Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture calls the "first separately published American grape book" (Bailey). In 1828 he brought out this second, expanded edition. Not in Bibliotheca Vinaria. A quite scarce item and surely a must for the serious devotee of nineteenth-century American viticulture.

    Bailey, The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, Vol. 3, page 1563.


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