U. P. HEDRICK
HORTICULTURIST OF THE NEW
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
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By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.
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Seventy-nine books on grapes
enrich the pomology of North America, not counting
numerous state and national publications. Pomological
writers in America have been partial to the grape, for
other fruits do not fare nearly so well. Twenty-two
books are devoted to the strawberry, fourteen to the
apple, to the peach nine, cranberry eight, plum five,
pear nine, quince two, loganberry one, while the cherry,
raspberry, and blackberry are not once separated from
other fruits in special books. Thus, though a
comparative newcomer among the fruits of the country,
the grape has been singled out for a treatise more times
than all other fruits of temperate climates
combined—seventy-nine books on the grape, seventy on all
This statement of partiality
does not lead to an apology for a new book on the grape.
There is urgent need for a new book. But three of the
seventy-nine treatises on this fruit are contemporary,
and all but one, a handbook on training, are records
from vanished minds. Methods change so rapidly and
varieties multiply so fast, that to keep pace there must
be new books on fruits every few years. Besides, the
types of grapes are so diverse, and different soils,
climates, and treatments produce such widely dissimilar
results, that many books are required to do justice to
this fruit—the vineyard should be seen through many