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Rixford, E.H.
Payot, Upham & Co.; D. Van Nostrand, San Francisco; New York, 1883. First edition of "the earliest California imprint devoted solely to wine making as distinct from vine growing" (Gabler), with terrific California winemaking provenance: from the library of the first statewide board to promote California winemakers, the State Viticultural Commission. Rixford was a lawyer in San Francisco who "had just purchased a vineyard property in San Mateo County. His book was evidently the fruit of his study in preparation for becoming a winegrower. The wines that he afterwards produced at his La Questa Vineyard, particularly the cabernet, acquired a high reputation" (Pinney). The full-page wood engraving depicts Lady Liberty popping a cork and a California bear holding a glass over a wine barrel with the California state seal. This book was the copy of the prestigious State Viticultural Commission of California, formed in 1880 just as California winemakers felt their prospects had reached a tipping point: "The pressure of demand for an official body to direct and assist the California wine industry as a whole grew intense towards the end of 1879. The crop had been short that year, sending prices up. At the same time, when the prospects of wine-growing in Europe looked hopelessly bleak owing to the ravages of phylloxera, the future of California as winegrower to the world looked more glamorous than had ever been imagined before" (Pinney). The work of the Commission is referenced with great approbation in the preface: "an exchange of knowledge is now going on, which without the Commissio … [Click Below for Full Description]
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