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H. W. Buckbee seed & plant guide.
Rockford, IL: H. W. Buckbee,, 1932. 61st Year. Octavo. Colour lithograph wrappers, wire-stitched, front cover depicting Buckbee's Break O'Day Tomato, rear cover depicting their rock garden collection. With the order forms to the front and rear and the envelope laid-in as issued, and the catalogue mailing envelope addressed to Owen Wade in Colton, Oregon preserved. Wrappers colour illustrated on recto and verso, numerous black and white photographic and woodcut illustrations to the text. Very slight rubbing to extremities and gentle vertical crease to front cover, an excellent copy. First edition of this bright and attractive seed catalogue from Buckbee's, a seed company famous for their tomatoes. Hiram Buckbee (1860-1921), alongside his brother John, founded the company in 1871 and it quickly became one of the most important merchandising institutions in the US; in 1921, the year of Buckbee's death, the company mailed approximately 750,000 catalogues. The Buckbee Seed Company would later merge with Rockford's three other seed and plant wholsalers to become Condon-Shumway, a company that continued selling produce until the 1970s. Some pre-1930 Buckbee tomato seeds are still available to buy as heirloom seeds for planting. This catalogue advertises seeds for beans, asparagus, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, peppers, radishes, and many varieties of tomatoes. It is both commercially and institutionally scarce. OCLC locates one copy (USDA's Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection), and there are no sale records from the past 25 years.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
Last Found On: 2017-12-21           Check availability:      Biblio    

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