San Francisco and NY: Payot, Upham & Co. and D. Van Nostrand, 1883. First edition. Hardcover. Original green cloth with title and cover ornaments in gilt and blind, octavo (5.5 x 8 inches), (xxiv), 240 pp. Frontispiece, 57 engraved illustrations in the text. Moderate soiling and scuffing to boards, wear to corners, contemporary name effaced from front pastedown, moderate scattered stains to text, still quite presentable, sturdy, and near very good. Item #22138
San Francisco attorney Emmett Rixford (1841-1928) planted his 40-acre “La Questa Vineyard” in the Santa Cruz mountains near Woodside in 1884 and in 1915 his cabernet won the Gold Medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Today, 1 acre of his original vineyard remains within the 17-acre Woodside Vineyards. His book is considered the first California imprint devoted solely to wine making as distinct from grape growing. Rare. Gabler 34300, Amerine & Borg #2895, Crahan sale #701.