San Francisco: N. J. Stone Company, 1899.
First Edition. Hardcover. This handsome 1899 guide to the business of farming is the work of Edward F. Adams (1838-1929), a California farmer, businessman, and farm cooperative organizer who also worked as the Agricultural Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and founded The Commonwealth Club of California. Contents include: "The Larger Aspects of Farm Life," "The Farmer's Education," "The Farmer's Relationships," "The Farmer as a Business Man," "The Farmer as a Cooperator," "The Farmer and the Questions of the Day" (including a chapter on "The Farmer and Socialism"), and "The Cooperative Fruit Marketing Societies of California," along with several appendices on scientific and economic addendum.
9 1/2" X 6 1/2". vi, [i], 8-662pp. Presents nicely in protective archival jacket. Bound in full ribbed dark burgundy cloth, with wheat stamped in black and bright gilt to upper board and upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with bumping to extremities, particularly hard at head of spine, scattered rubbing, and slight lean to spine. Attractive patterned endpapers. Hinges a touch tender. Binding is firm and sound. But for occasional light foxing, pages are clean and unmarked. An overall very well-preserved artifact of the history of ideas and the business of farming by an influential though now obscured figure in farming cooperatives and civic education. Very good. Item #6423