[NAFEX] book question
Lon J. Rombough
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Tue Oct 30 15:56:54 EDT 2007
I put "A.J. Downing, Fruits and Fruit Trees of America" into Google and
got a site where you can download a PDF copy of the whole book.
The URL is massive and TinyUrl won't accept it.
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On Oct 30, 2007, at 12:14 PM, MARIE ASHTON wrote:
There are several editions of this book; at least 14 editions. It
started in 1845 with the first edition which was attributed to A.J.
Downing but much of the work was done by his brother Charles Downing.
With each new edition more material was added until the last edition
was twice as large as the first. A.J. Downing died in 1852 at the age
of 37 but his brother Charles keep the revisions going and I am not
sure but I believe that the last edition was around 1895. This book and
its later editions were long held to be the authoritative work on
growing fruit in America.
To see a reference to Charles (the real driving force behind this
pomologial classic) link to:
I believe that there are three editions of this work in our NAFEX
Oak Creek Orchard
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Jerrydana5 at aol.com
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 8:01 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] book question
> My 91 year old dad recently gave me a book his father gave him, which
> probably his father gave him, about growing fruit. I wonder if anybody
> has heard of it. It's titled The Fruits and Fruit trees of America or
> The culture, propagation, and management, in the garden and the
> orchard, of fruit trees generally, by A.J. Downing. It does not say
> who the publisher is (!) but it was published in New York in 1852.
> The book is dedicated to Marshall P. Wilder, Esq,, the president of
> the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. It's pretty interesting to
> read about apples (the main fruit I'm interested in). There are many
> strange names I've never heard of. There are many missing cultivars,
> like Red and Yellow Delicious, which were not around yet!
> Has anybody heard of this book? Jerry in southern Indiana
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