Publisher: [Rochester, N.Y.:] D.M. Dewey, [circa 1870-1875].
Edition: One of many botanical trade catalogues issued by D. M. Dewey of Rochester, New York, beginning in the 1850s.They were issued in various sizes and each copy contained a different numbers of plates.
Bibliographical References: Reese, American Color Plate Books, 70-72; Sandra Raphael, An Oak Spring Pomona: A Selection of the Rare Books on Fruit in the Oak Spring Garden Library, 63-66.
Condition: Edges of the binding a bit rubbed and slightly stained; very good copy.
Book ID: 28049
DescriptionSmall oblong portfolio, 22 x 14 cm, original tan calf, gilt borders, with the name "James M. Chambers" gilt-stamped on the fold over flap. Metal clasp (broken). Chromolithographed title-page and 76 color-stenciled lithographs and chromolithographed plates of fruits, flowers, trees, with three examples of garden structures and designs.
CommentsA fine example of American color plate illustration, produced by Dellon Marcus Dewey (1819-1889), a Rochester entrepreneur, bookseller, and publisher, who produced these collections of botanical plates for Rochester's thriving nursery trade to use as advertisements of their products, both with traveling salesmen and other nurseries. "Such books were generally made up of loose plates to suit the individual firm, often mixing work from different printers . . . [and] ones executed in different mediums. As a result, virtually every album is unique in its makeup" - Reese. This example has a mix of plates made with chromolithography and a multi-layered stencil process similar to pochoir. Rochester was famous for its nursery trade in the 19th and early 20th centuries, for which it became known as the "Flower City."