Auction 125, Lot 66

"A Table, by Peter Legaux, of the Progress of Vegetation in Pennsylvania, Compared with That of Some of the Famous Wine Countries of Europe…",

Subject: Broadside - Viticulture, Wine Growing

Period: 1805 (circa)


Color: Black & White

11.5 x 9.5 inches
29.2 x 24.1 cm

This broadside shows the status of grapevines planted and their seasonal growth from 1787 to 1800, along with text regarding weather and growing conditions. Legaux is considered America's first commercial wine grower and apparently hosted George Washington a number of times. The tables and text provide a most interesting look at the early rivalry between American wine growers and the rest of the world. Table gives the date when plants came to leaf, flower, fruit formed and when ripe for the years 1787 to 1800. Climate comparisons are made to Paris, Burgundy, Guadeloupe and other wine regions with numerous locales in the U.S. Special attention is given to the Munier or Miller's Burgundy vine. Blank verso. Source unknown and no references located.


Condition: B+

Near fine example less text offsetting. Folding as issued with dark text and full margins.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $50

Closed on 9/24/2008