The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science is pleased to announce the newest addition to our historical agricultural book series.
This marvelous edition features typography that mirrors the original text and layout, and wonderful photographs and endpapers meticulously reproduced from pristine copies of the rare first edition of this seminal book. Original notes, manuscripts, letters, photographs, articles, and newspaper clippings of this pioneer agronomist are included in the foreword and afterward written for this special edition.
"First published in 1897 by the Pacific Rural Press of San Francisco, The California Vegetables in Garden and Field, by Edward James Wickson (1848-1923), appeared midway in Wickson's foundational career as an agricultural writer and faculty member at the College of Agriculture at the University of California... this was Wickson's third of seven best-selling books, which were themselves only part of the cascade of phamplets, brochures, research papers, magazine articles, chapters in books by others, and editorial commentary in the Pacific Rural Press that poured fourth in astonishing profusion from Wickson in his half-century career as a newspaper reporter, agricultural association spokesman, magazine editor and columnist, and indefatigable researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of California. This extraordinary output--so elegantly written, so scientifically precise, so useful, and so pervasively effective across five decades--earned for Wickson in his lifetime high distinction as one of America's best-known agronomists." -- Kevin Starr