Budo senteiho [trans.: Manual of Cultivation & Pruning Techniques for Grapevines]. Takuuzo FUJIE.
Budo senteiho [trans.: Manual of Cultivation & Pruning Techniques for Grapevines].

Budo senteiho [trans.: Manual of Cultivation & Pruning Techniques for Grapevines].

Numerous woodcuts (some full-page) in the text. 28; 39 folding leaves. Two vols. Small 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka, Tokyo, etc.: 1884.

First edition. Fujie was an agricultural researcher and the author of several other works on agricultural reforms. He was involved in a government-sponsored research project which imported table and wine grapes from around the world and cultivated them at an agricultural station (which was closed in 1885 due to the accidental introduction of phylloxera).

In this rare work, Fujie describes the results of the project’s cultivation of European, American, and Asian grape species. The European grapes varieties were not successful due to Japan’s humid climate but American and Asian grape species enjoyed better results.

The author describes pruning techniques, many styles of trellising from America and Italy, grafting, diseases, control of insects, etc. Fujie also describes how to turn old vines into ornamental bonsai (with illustrations). There are sections on how to store grapes and turn them into raisins, making grapes into candies (tsuyu no shizuku and yukari no tsuyu), and wine-making (grape presses and wooden barrels are illustrated).

Fine set. First leaf of Vol. I a bit wormed at fore-edge.

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 6106

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