POMOLOGY & HORTICULTURE - Rochester Lithographing Co.
The Nurseryman's Specimen Book of American Fruits, Flowers, Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Roses &c. Rochester Lithographing Company, successors to D. M. Dewey's American Fruit & Flower Plates ...
Rochester: Rochester Lithographing Company, [circa 1888]. 8vo. (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches). Chromolithographed title, 53 chromolithographed plates. Some staining.
Contemporary wallet-style calf, rebacked. Housed in a cloth chemise and morocco backed slipcase.
Provenance: William Morton & Son, Galena Indiana (name in gilt on flap of binding)
A fine "tree-peddler's" sample book with a large range of images of various varieties of fruit, flowering plants and trees available.
This sample book includes a wide variety of plants, including roses and other flowering plants, trees and shrubs and a plethora of fruits, including apples, pears, berries, grapes, cherries, etc. "From the 1850s, as Rochester [N.Y.] became an important centre of nursery gardening, another local industry grew up to provide illustrations of fruit, flowers, shrubs, trees, selections of which were used as catalogues by travelling 'tree peddlers' who sold plants from the nurseries they represented to farmers and gardeners in the territories they visited. The earliest illustrations of this kind were watercolours copied by local artists, but soon their production was made more efficient by the use of stencils to provide theorem paintings of flowers and fruit. Printed outlines or lithographs were also coloured by hand until chromolithographs added colour to the basic process, though even then they were often finished by hand..." (Oak Spring Pomona, p.167). The plates in the present sample book are by the Rochester Lithographing Company who were "in the nurserymen's plate business by 1888. Beginning that year and continuing into the twentieth century, [the firm]... is listed in the city directories under both 'Fruit Plates' and 'Nurserymen's Plates'" (Kabelac).
Cf. Karl Sanford Kabelac 'Nineteenth-Century Rochester Fruit and Flower Plates' in The University of Rochester Library Bulletin (1982) vol. XXXV, pp. 93-114; cf. Sandra Raphael, An Oak Spring Pomona, 65.