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AUTOGRAPH ON A CARD, SIGNED BY Georgia horticulturist, nurseryman and builder JARVIS VAN BUREN with the DATE & PLACE OF HIS BIRTH.
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AUTOGRAPH ON A CARD, SIGNED BY Georgia horticulturist, nurseryman and builder JARVIS VAN BUREN with the DATE & PLACE OF HIS BIRTH.

By Van Buren, Jarvis (1800-1885). Georgia horticulturist, nurseryman and builder.

Clarkesville, Georgia [1880]., [1880].. Fine. - A 2-5/8 inch high by 4-1/2 inch wide card, signed "Jarvis Van Buren / Clarksville Ga". Additionally penned by Van Buren at bottom left are his birth date and the place of his birth: "born 7th August 1800 in City of Schenectady, N.Y." The edges are darkened, else near fine. <p>The Georgia horticulturist, nurseryman & builder Jarvis Mudge Pieterse Van Buren (1800-1885) was born in Schenectady, N.Y. Residing in New York State at first, he was a country builder in Kinderhook, New York, but came to be known for his role in the assembly and operation of one of the first successful railroad locomotives which made its historic run from Schenectady to Albany, New York on August 9, 1831. In 1838, he was hired to manage the Stroop Iron Works in Clarkesville, Georgia working as a railroad engineer. As visitors were establishing permanent communities of Summer residents in and around Clarkesville, Jarvis Van Buren was at the forefront of this emerging building movement. His first job as an architect-contractor was building the Greek Revival style Grace Episcopal Church in Clarkesville, Georgia between 1839 and 1842. It remains mostly unalterred to this day. In 1848, he designed another Greek Revival style church, the Presbytarian Church of Clarkesville. Van Buren opened two sawmills to support his contracting and building business. One mill, the Sutton Home on the Soquee River was for building material. The other at the base of Minis Hill provided wood for cabinet work and fine interior & exterior details. Between 1847 and 1850 Van Buren built Woodlands, the Gothic Revival home of George Jones Kollock, which remains a superb example of the style today. He also designed the furniture for the homes he built and, at Woodlands, several pieces can still be found. These include the library's ornate Gothic style bookcase. In other rooms throughout the house, six wardrobes, two sitting chairs and a side table can still be found. Fascinated with horticulture, Van Buren wrote prolific contributions for Southern horticultural books and journals. He purchased 10 acres and a family of 5 slaves in 1840. There he planted fruit trees and founded Gloaming Nursery, one of the earliest in Georgia. Especially interested in apples, Van Buren is "credited with the early development of the commercial apple industry in northeast Georgia". One of his lasting contributions was in "assembling an extensive collection of Southern seedling apples. He systematically classified a list of thirty seedlings and made full-sized paintings of each apple with remarkable accuracy. This work helped establish a practical nomenclature of Southern apples by 1860." An 1855 advertisement in the Southern cultivator offers insight into the variety of fruit Van Buren grew: "The subscriber having added many additional varieties of Southern Seedling Fruit Trees to his former stock, comprising many varieties of Apples, one hundred of Pears, twenty of Cherries, twenty of Peaches, Nectarines, etc., and being re-assured of their superiority over those raised in Northern Nurseries...." Van Buren further assisted in the progress of the Southern fruit industry by establishing horticultural organizations and meetings. "In 1853, he was a key leader in the organization of the Horticultural Society of Georgia, which was later renamed the Pomological Society of Georgia." "Along with a myriad of information on Southern apples, Van Buren also wrote a variety of articles for the Southern Cultivator and The Soil of the South concerning pears, peaches, plums, figs, cherries, grapes, and cucumbers as well as insect prevention, planting techniques, pruning and fertilization. He also utilized his writings to promote horticultural events in the South." A true Renaissance man, Van Buren's "productivity over one lifetime is remarkable. His work as a disciple of Andrew Jackson Downing led him to be a prominent builder and furniture designer in Clarkesville, Georgia. His love of pomology made him a trailblazer in the creation of the commercial apple industry in the South in the 1840s. His writings and paintings remain as important legacies of horticultural pursuits in the South during the nineteenth century." [Paraphrased with quotations from Staci Catron-Sullivan's article "Jarvis Van Buren: A Brief History of Georgia Horticulturist, Writer, Nurseryman, and Builder", published in the Vol. XVI, No. 1 Fall 2000 issue of "Magnolia: Bulletin of the Southern Garden History Society"].


AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE GRAFTON COUNTY AGRICULTURE SOCIETY, AT THEIR ANNUAL FAIR Held at Haverhill New-Hampshire, October 1 & 2, 1857. Published by Request.

By Patterson, James W., A.M.

Hanover, NH: Printed at the Dartmouth Press, 1857.. 1857.. Good. - Octavo, unbound, removed at some time in the past from a larger bound volume of pamphlets. 20 pages sewn with cream cord. There is occasional light foxing, especially to the last page, & the top 2 inches of the last 2 leaves are detached. There are a few light pencil underlinings in the text. Good. <p>James W. Patterson, Professor of Mathematics at Dartmouth College, addresses the question of how to achieve the full development of America's agricultural resources.



By (McCormick, Cyrus H.; Hussey, Obed.). Langworthy, Lyman B.; Jewett, S. B.; Norton, H. P.; et al

[New York?]: n.p., circa [1852].. [1852].. Very good. - Octavo, softcover. Printed self-wraps sewn with white cord. 20 pages. Illustrated in black & white with 4 engravings of reaping machines & with diagrams. There are 3 light horizontal creases to the pages where the pamphlet has been folded. The page corners are bumped. Very good. <p>A note is penciled along the top of the first page: "Not for presentation to Congress but please read!"<p>The four engravings of reapers are signed "Miller-Mix", that is John Miller and Lucius C. Mix.<p>A group of New York citizens protests to Congress against the renewal of Cyrus McCormick's patent for improvements to his reaping machine. The citizens claim that improvements to the machine for which McCormick claims credit were the work of others, in particular of Obed Hussey whose reaping machine was agreed to perform much better than McCormick's. "Mr. Hussey is a modest man, as well as a man of genius, and consequently the public ear has not been deafened with bombastic accounts of his success. Probably very few persons in this country have ever heard of this final trial between his machine and that of McCormick."<p>Behind this conclusion to the Remonstrance lies the sad story of Obed Hussey [1790-1860], born in Maine to Quaker parents, who was the inventor of a reaping machine. Hussey tested and patented his reaper in 1833, which placed him in competition with the formidable Cyrus H. McCormick of Chicago, Illinois. Both men made several patented improvements to the reaper, until Hussey was finally driven out of business. He sold the rights in his reaper to McCormick in 1858. Two years later, while attempting to board a train in Exeter, NH, he fell beneath the cars and died.<p>Rare. WorldCat locates three copies.



By Auchter, E. C.; and Knapp, H. B

New York: John Wiley Sons, Inc. / London: Chapman & Hall Limited, 1932.. 1932.. Good. - Octavo, olive green cloth titled in gilt on the spine. The covers are lightly bumped with a stain to the top edge of the rear cover & the spine is darkened. xix & 584 pages. A leaflet of instructions to Cornell Farm Study students is mounted on the front pastedown with an owner's ink name & address below it. There are a few ink notations on a rear blank. Black- and-white illustrations & tables. A good tight copy. <p>Second edition.


MORE OLD ENGLISH FARMING BOOKS / from Tull to the Board of Agriculture 1731-1793

By Fussell, G. E

London: Crosby Lockwood & Son, Ltd., (1950).. (1950).. Good. - Octavo, brown cloth. The binding is bumped & rubbed. The spine is faded with the head lightly chipped. The front joint is rubbed with slight tears. vii, [ii] & 186 pages plus colophon. 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations. The pastedowns & endpapers are stained. There is very light foxing to the top & bottom edges of the book. Good. <p>First edition.


THE OLD ENGLISH FARMING BOOKS / From Fitzherbert to Tull 1523-1730

By Fussell, G. E

London: Crosby Lockwood & Son, Ltd., (1947).. (1947).. Good. - Octavo, cloth in a dust wrapper. The binding is bumped. The dust jacket is lightly soiled & chipped with its spine darkened & with some foxing to its rear panel. [vii] & 141 pages plus colophon. 16 black-and-white illustrations, including facsimiles. There is some light foxing & staining to the pastedowns & endpapers with a previous owner's ink name on the front endpaper. Good. <p>First edition.


DEER FARMING IN NORTH AMERICA: The Conquest of a New Frontier

By von Kerckerinck zur Borg, Josef

Rhinebeck, NY: Phanter Press, (1987).. (1987).. Fine. - Small quarto [10-1/4 inches high by 7-5/8 inches wide], pictorial dark green cloth titled in gilt with an image of a deer stamped in gilt on the front cover, in a dust wrapper. The dust jacket is lightly rubbed with the head of its spine lightly chipped. [x] & 225 pages. 16 pages of color illustrations and numerous black-and-white illustrations & diagrams. Near fine. <p>First edition.<p>Inscribed by the author and his wife on the front endpaper in the year of publication and signed "Illiana" and "Josef". Josef and Illiana von Kerckerinck are the owners of the Lucky Star Ranch in upstate New York and founders of the North American Deer Farmers Association.



By (Lewis Beeware)

G.B. Lewis Company of Watertown, Wisconsin and Dadant & Sons of Hamilton, Illinois. Distributed by Stauble Bros., Monroe, New York; and G.B. Lewis Co., Albany, N.Y., 1928.. 1928.. Fine. - Octavo, 8-1/2 inches high by 6 inches wide. Softcovers, bound in stapled light orange tan wraps titled within brown & green decorations above a brown oval illustration on the front cover. 48 pages, with illustrations throughout. A priced catalog with the original order form and envelope laid in at front. Near fine.



By (Chambers, Robert; Beebe, James; Grandstaff, Terry B. and Grandstaff, Somluckrat W.; et al.)

(Khon Kaen, Thailand): Rural Systems Research and Farming Systems Research Projects, 1987).. 1987).. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed black wraps. The wraps are lightly rubbed & slightly bumped. viii & 357 pages. Illustrated with tables, charts & maps. Very good. <p>"Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA), an emerging new methodology, is a distinctive 'process of learning about rural conditions in an intensive, iterative and expeditious manner.' Specifically designed to improve quality and timeliness and to reduce the cost of rural development research" [From the rear wrap copy].


PANACEA OR PRECIOUS BANE: Tobacco in Sixteenth Century Literature

By Dickson, Sarah Augusta

New York: The New York Public Library, 1954.. 1954.. Very good. - Large octavo, green cloth titled in gilt on the spine with a device in gilt on the front cover. The binding is very lightly rubbed with a small, light stain to the front cover. xiv & 227 pages plus colophon. Color frontispiece, 11 black-and-white plates and textual illustrations in black & white. Near fine. <p>Limited edition of 400 copies. "Publication Number 5, Arents Tobacco Collection".


TOBACCO TRADE: MEMORIAL OF THE COMMITTEE OF TOBACCO-PLANTERS. May 11, 1840. Referred to the Select Committee on the Tobacco Trade. 26th Congress, 1st Session. Ho. of Reps. Doc. No. 198

By Jenifer, Daniel; Triplett, Philip; Jones, Benjamin; Committee of Tobacco Planters

[Washington, DC]: Blair & Rives, printers, 1840.. 1840.. Good. - Octavo, printed self-wraps. 13 pages, partially unopened. The first page is stained, foxed & partially detached. The bottom edge of page 6 & the front edge of page 7 are creased & chipped. Several page corners are creased & there is scattered foxing throughout. Good only. <p>Daniel Jenifer of Maryland, Philip Triplett of Kentucky and Benjamin Jones of Virginia were appointed by the convention of tobacco planters held in Washington on May 1 and 2, 1840 "to memorialize Congress in relation to the high duties and restrictions upon the staple of tobacco in foreign countries". Pages 9-13 consist of a section of tobacco statistics.



By (McLean, D. V.; Durant, Charles F.; Finelli, Lewis). Seward, William H

(Albany, NY: 1840).. 1840).. Good. - Octavo, printed self-wraps. 34 pages. Possibly lacks 1 folding leaf of plates. There is foxing to the title & the last page with scattered lighter foxing & staining throughout. There are 2 tiny stains to the bottom margin of the last page. Good. <p>Attempts to introduce sericulture to the United States had been sporadic and largely unsuccessful. In 1831 a manual on sericulture by J. H. Cobb was distributed to members of Congress. A determined effort to establish silk culture then led to the "Mormus multicaulis craze". Thousands of individuals bought and planted mulberry plants of this species on large areas of valuable land. The investments far exceeded possible returns and when heavy frosts destroyed plantations of the trees, the many failures and disappointments led to silk culture being more or less abandoned in the States. A later attempt to develop a hardy race of silk-producing insects by crossing the gypsy moth with the silkworm moth resulted in the gypsy moth becoming one of North America's most serious forest pests.<p>On pages 16-17 McLean suggests that silk farming will offer employment to "indigent females and children" who are suffering as a result of the industrial revolution.<p>Scarce.


SMALLHOLDERS, HOUSEHOLDERS: Farm Families and the Ecology of Intensive, Sustainable Agriculture

By Netting, Robert McC

Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1993.. 1993.. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial black-and-white wraps. The binding is lightly bumped. xxi, [iii], 389 & [1] pages. Black-and-white illustrations & diagrams. There is a small tear to the half-title & a few leaves are lightly bumped. Very good. <p>Netting challenges the view that only modern, large-scale, mechanized, scientific agriculture can provide enough food for the world's growing population.


WHO INVENTED THE REAPER? An Answer to the Protest Statement Said to Have Been Filed at the Treasury Department

By Swift, R. B

Published by the author, (1897).. (1897).. Good. - Octavo, maroon cloth titled in gilt. The covers are bumped. The edges of the front cover are a bit faded & there is some dampstaining to its bottom corner. 54 pages. Illustrated in black & white with a portrait frontispiece with a tissue guard & with textual illustrations & diagrams. The book is cracked at the first text page. There is some soiling to the title page & the pages are very slightly rippled, probably from humidity. Good. <p>The book is an argument supporting the long held assertion that Cyrus McCormick invented the reaper.



By Thompson, Homer C

New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1931.. 1931.. Good. - Octavo, brown cloth titled in gilt on the spine. The binding is lightly rubbed, bumped & soiled with slight fraying to the corners of the covers. The spine is somewhat darkened. ix & 560 pages. Black-and-white photographic illustrations & tables. There is some light soiling to the prelims & there is an ink notation on the rear pastedown. Good. <p>Second edition.<p>From the library of geographer Vincent Kotschar with his book label on the front pastedown.



By (Patrons of Husbandry)

Worcester, MA: F. S. Blanchard & Co., Printers, 1895.. 1895.. Good. - Small octavo, boards backed & edged with brown cloth tape with a printed tan label on the front board & a plain tan label on the rear board. The front board is darkened & soiled with an owner's faded name along the bottom edge. The rear board is slightly darkened & lightly soiled with a small stain. 261 pages. There is a light vertical crease to the title with a chip out of the top corner & the bottom corner is lightly creased. Good.