REEMELIN, Charles (1814-1891)
The Vine-Dresser's Manual, an Illustrated Treatise on Vineyards and Wine-Making
New York: C. M. Saxton & Company, 1856. 8vo. (7 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches). 3-103, , 4pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece and twentynine wood-engraved illustrations. Publisher's ads in the rear.
Publisher's red cloth, covers decoratively blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt (wear to spine)
Popular 19th century American practical winemaking manual.
Reemelin, a German immigrant who operated a vineyard in Ohio, first published this practical manual for cultivating a vineyard and winemaking the year prior to this edition. "The object of these pages is to furnish to such as have no opportunity to learn the Vintners' business practically, easily comprehended and reliable instructions, so that even the most inexperienced may, with this book in hand, start, plant, perfect and cultivate a vineyard, and make good, wholesome wine" (Introduction). "An immigrant from Germany, the author had a vineyard in Ohio and recommended planting only the native Cawtaba in the Ohio Valley and the Isabella in the East" (Gabler). The work went through seven editions between 1855 and 1868.
Gabler, Wine into Words, p. 223.