POMOLOGY - GOETHE, Rudolph (1843-1911); H. DEGENKOLB; and R. MERTENS
Die Wichtigsten Deutschen Kernobstsorten. Herausgegeben im engen Anschlusse an die 'Statistik der deutschen Kernobstsorten' ... unter der Leitung der Obst- und Weinbau-Abteilung der deutschen Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft ...
Gera: A. Nugel, 1894. Large octavo. (10 x 6 3/4 inches). 94 color plates. Text in German. Lithographs by Walter Müller.
Half brown morocco over marbled paper boards, spine in five compartments with raised bands, silk endpapers.
A lovely book on apples and pears, published under the direction of the German Agricultural Society.
In the 19th century, at the time of this work's publication, people in Europe and the United States were very interested in learning about and trying new fruit varieties. Here, 45 types of apple and 49 types of pear, in ranging shades of yellow, red, orange, and green, are each illustrated and described in botanical and agricultural terms. Some highlights include the Schafsnase ("sheep's nose"), Forellenbirn ("trout pear," named after its color resemblance to the rainbow trout), and Geflammter Kardinal ("flamed cardinal").