"THE CULTIVATION OF THE ORANGE WILL… PROVE MORE PROFITABLE THAN ANY OTHER KNOWN INDUSTRY": FIRST EDITION OF TREATISE AND HANDBOOK OF ORANGE-CULTURE IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
ALDERTON, George E. Treatise and Handbook of Orange-Culture in Auckland, New Zealand. Wellington: George Didsbury, 1884. Slim octavo, original green cloth. $600.
First edition of this work about orange cultivation in 19th-century New Zealand, in original cloth.
Alderton visited New South Wales, Australia with the permission of the New Zealand government in 1884 to learn about orange cultivation. This work is the result of his studies and attempts to offer New Zealand farmers a foothold on their own shores. Alderton promises that, given sufficient effort and suitable land, the orange will prove to be the most profitable crop a farmer can grow. Early title page owner signature.
Embrowning to endpapers, light wear to cloth and mild toning to spine. A near-fine copy. Scarce.