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APUNTES SOBRE EL CULTIVO DEL TABACO EN LA YSLA DE CUBA Y MEJORAS QUE PUEDEN HACERSE ESPECIALMENTE EN LA PARTE OCCIDENTAL O VUELTA DE ABAJO. Escritos por el Teniente Coronel retirado D. Tomas de Salazar [manuscript title]
Pinar del Rio, 1849.. [4],122pp. Folio. Contemporary blue paper wrappers. Spine perished, gatherings loose. Light foxing to wrappers and outer leaves of text, though minor foxing else. very good. A significant manuscript about the cultivation of tobacco in Cuba, discussing all aspects of cultivation, harvesting, drying, and preparation, as well as processes and possible improvements. The work focuses mainly on the Vuelta Abajo district in the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba. The Vuelta Abajo region was first planted with tobacco in the 1700s. The increased European demand for Cuban cigars that began in the 1820s led to widespread planting there in the 1830s, in a successful effort to upgrade the quality of what was being produced on the island. This was a significant period in cigar history, so this work, written just a decade or so later, is an important record of that time and place. The tobacco grown in Vuelta Abajo is considered by many tobacco enthusiasts to be the best tobacco in the world; this is where Cohiba cigars come from. The present work is apparently the original manuscript of the published book CARTILLA AGRARIA PARA EL CULTIVO DEL TABACO, Y APUNTES SOBRE SU ESTADO Y MEJORAS... published in Cuba in 1850. The text is very similar, the most noticeable difference being that the manuscript has twenty-four chapters while the 1850 book has twenty-one, the final three chapters having been omitted in the printed version. Also, the manuscript contains seven pages of "notes" on the last pages that contain additional information for each of the chapters. Beyond that, the text is nearly identical with only a word or two here and there changed or missing. We believe it is fair to say that the manuscript is not a copy of the book but rather predates the published version. OCLC locates only two copies of the 1850 Havana printing (Harvard, University of Miami), two copies of an 1851 Manila printing (National Library of Spain, Florida International University), and one copy of an 1850 Puerto Rico printing (National Agriculture Library in Maryland).
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