New York: Harper & Brothers, 1864. First edition. Paperback. 142, (8) pp., illustrated; octavo, sewn gatherings in original decorative wrappers. Chips to spine portion of wrappers, moderate soiling to wrappers, creases and short tears to edges, overall near very good. Item #22927
Pages 22-30 contain an anonymous article relating a detailed description of the operations of the Buena Vista Viticultural Association at Agoston Haraszthy's Buena Vista Ranch and Vineyard in Sonoma, California. Article includes 11 wood engraved illustrations: views of the ranch house and vineyard; the winery buildings; the cellars; the fermentation tanks; and 3 figures showing vines prepared for propagation and 5 figures showing methods of training vines and pruning. The text incudes several references made in the third person to Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869), which would seem to eliminate him as author of this article, though Haraszthy's seminal work "Grape Culture, Wines, and Wine-Making, with Notes Upon Agriculture and Horticulture" was published by Harper & Brothers in 1862 and the work is credited as a source for the figures noted above. Author Brian McGinty in his "Strong Wine: The Life and Legend of Agoston Haraszthy" (Stanford, 1998) attributes authorship of this article to Agoston's son Arpad Haraszthy (1840-1900). Arpad was cellarmaster at Buena Vista from 1862-64, when he resigned to form a partnership with Pietro Giovanari, vineyard overseer for Arpad's father-in-law and fellow Sonoman Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. He went on to an illustrious career as an award-winning winemaker and wine writer, publishing 4 articles in Overland Monthly Magazine in 1871 under the same title as this 1864 article. In 1880 he was elected the first president of the California Board of State Viticultural Commissioners. Scarce.
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