Fulton, James Alexander | Peach Culture

  • The uncommon first edition of this popular guide to growing peaches, in the publisher’s cloth with an attractive gilt peach on the cover. Most other copies online are later editions, and this is the only copy of the first edition to appear in auction records.

    Little is known about author James Alexander Fulton, but the title gives his residence as Dover, Delaware, which he describes in the introduction as “the very center of the peach-growing district”. He describes how, “in the last few years, fruit culture, in all its varieties, has greatly increased in this country; so that, to-day, it is one of the leading interests... Among the fruits, the Peach, if not the most, is one of the most important of all. it is so easily raised, comes into bearing so soon, and is so delicious, as well as beautiful, it is impossible it should not be a favourite”.

    Fulton’s purpose in writing this guide was three-fold: “to give plain, simple, and specific directions” for both cultivating and marketing the fruit; “to point out, clearly and distinctly, the impositions practised by railroad companies and consignees upon planters, and the means of redress”; and to describe the different peach varieties and give advice as to their profitability.

  • New York: Orange Judd and Company, 1870.

    Duodecimo. Original red-brown pebble-grain cloth, titles to spine and peach design to upper board gilt, brown coated endpapers. 14 page publisher’s ads at rear. A small number of illustrations within the text. Slight musty smell, cloth a little rubbed and dulled, some tanning and offsetting to contents, small brown spot affecting the margins of pages 135 through 158. A very good copy.