Sacramento: State Officer, J. D. Young, Supt. State Printing, 1882. First edition. Hardcover. Original burgundy cloth, 8.75 x 6 inches; xl, 174 pp., folding frontispiece and 1 folding plate, many engraved illustrations in the text. Old handlettered title mostly faded from spine, avout a third of title page torn away taking some of title text, old cello tape mend to back of folding frontispiece with offsetting to title page and bleed-through to front of frontispiece, tear to folding plate closed with Scotch removable tape. Despite condition issues still a presentable and serviceable copy of this rare book. Item #23658
Text consists first of Charles Wetmore's Executive report (pp. vii-xl) in which he describes the purpose and scope of the new Commission as well as findings from his own viticultural experiments and visits to grape growers throughout the state. Four Appendices contain: A - Translation of the "Practical Manual of Viticulture for the Reconstitution of Southern French Vineyards" by Pro. Gustave Foex, pp. 1-80; B - Translation of "Studies of Certain Species of Wild Vines of North America" by Prof. M. A. Millardet, pp. 81-108; C - "Bisulphide of Carbon and Sulpho-carbonates" by J. H. Wheeler, pp. 109-160; D - Second Annual Report of the Committee on Phylloxera, Vine Pests, and Diseases of the Vine, pp. 161-174. Folding frontispiece plate (printed by Bosqui) depicts an experimental vineyard with sections treated with 8 different fertilizers; the other folding plate shows a new type of injector for treating soils with carbon bisulphide. Charles Wetmore (1847-1927) first turned his attention to wine-making in 1878 when as a journalist for the Alta California newspaper he wrote an investigative report on the status of California's wine industry, which was then in a state of decline. This began an intensive study of viticulture including a trip to France to learn proven methods of grape culture, vineyard management and winemaking. He disseminated his findings through further articles in the Alta California and was instrumental in persuading the California legislature to create the State Viticultural Commission. In 1882 Wetmore started his own vineyard and winery - Cresta Blanca - in the Livermore Valley. Wetmore planted his vineyard primarily with Sauvignon blanc cuttings from Chateau d'Yqem. His first vintage (1884) was a dry white wine that he entered into the wine competition at the 1889 Paris Exposition (Exposition Universelle de 1889) taking the Grand Prize. In spite of condition issues still a serviceable copy. Scarce. Amerine & Borg 672; Gabler (2nd edition) no # assigned.