The Colored Fruit Book, for the use of Nurseryman
The Colored Fruit Book, for the use of Nurseryman


The Colored Fruit Book, for the use of Nurseryman
Dellon Marcus Dewey, 1862
DEWEY, Dellon Marcus (1819-1889) et al. The Colored Fruit Book, for the use of Nurserymen, containing accurate Specimens of Colored Fruits and Flowers. Rochester, NY: D.M. Dewey, 1862.

Selection of life-like pomological plates from leading horticultural artists for the use of American nurserymen. "In Rochester, New York, a remarkable local industry sprang up around the need to illustrate sales catalogues for the fruits and flowers grown in the region's burgeoning nursey business. The color plates produced in Rochester up to the 1870s were largely produced by stencil and hand coloring, and are particularly appealing as a form of folk art. Later in the century, chromolithography replaced these earlier forms ... Such books were generally made up of loose plates to suit the individual firm, often mixing work from different printers or ones executed in different mediums. As a result, virtually every album is unique in its makeup" (Stamped with a National Character). This album, put together to advertise the botanical wares of "J.H. Pike," contains many plates by the prolific bookseller Dellon Marcus Dewey, as well as some from Darrow's "Fruit and Flower Series" and "Kelloggs Series of Fruits, Flowers, and Ornamental Trees," mixed and matched to meet the seller's needs. See Stamped with a National Character 70; Oak Spring Pomona 64; Jason Dean, "In Living Color: Crystal Bridges and its American Color Plate Collection," in Art Documentation 31.1 (2013), pp. 87-99.

Quarto (280 x 211mm). Title printed in blue and red, 43 color pochoir prints, stencils, and chromolithographs (some plates toned, dustsoiling throughout, a few small edge tears, some spots and stains, a few captions just shaved). Contemporary sheep-backed boards with title gilt stamped on front cover (upper spine perished, corners showing, worn). Provenance: J. H. Pike (name gilt on title, likely a nurseryman) – "Jacob K. Stutt (?)" of Michigan (pencil inscription on flyleaf).
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The illustration of this lot in the print catalogue appears on page 129.

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