Albany, NY: New York State Agricultural Society, 1933. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xiii, , 462,  pages. Illustrations selected by the Author. Illustrations include half-tone inserts and Text Figures and Maps. There is a section on Books Helpful to the Author and an Index. DJ has wear, tears and soiling. The twenty chapter are: The Forest, Indian Agriculture, Land, The Agricultural Legacy of the Colony, Migrations, Agricultural Organizations, Sustaining Industries, Turnpikes, Country Life a Hundred Years Ago, Country Food and Drink, Waterways, Railways, Some Curious Inter-Relations of Religion and Agriculture, Human Labor Displaced by Machinery, The Printing Press and the Farmer, Farm Crops, Livestock Industries, Horticulture: "An Elegant Branch of Husbandry", The State Aids Agriculture, and Readjustments. Printed for the New York State Agricultural Society. The author was the Director of the New York Agricultural Experiment Station at the time of publication. The New York Times wrote: There is nothing dry or formal about this book, which is full of unexpected plums. One guesses that the author had a good time writing it. He was asked to do so by the State Agricultural Society, the Legislature and Governor Roosevelt having in 1931 authorized its preparation as a part of the centennial celebration of the society. Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick (1870–1951) was an American botanist and horticulturist. His main interest was cultivated fruit trees and he published a number of volumes dealing with such fruits as cherries, grapes, plums, and peaches. Hedrick was born in 1870 in Independence, Iowa. He grew up in Northern Michigan near Harbor Springs, an experience recalled in his memoir The Land of the Crooked Tree. He attended Michigan State Agricultural College (MSAC), now Michigan State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1893 and a Master of Science degree in 1895. He worked as Assistant Horticulturist at MSAC from 1893 to 1895, while studying for his M.S. From 1895 to 1905, Hedrick taught botany and horticulture at Oregon Agricultural College (1895–1897), Utah Agricultural College (1897–1899), and Michigan State Agricultural College (1899–1905). He became a horticulturist at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York in 1905. While in Geneva, Hedrick was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree at Hobart College in 1913. He continued to work at the Station, which he directed from 1928 onwards, until 1937, when he retired. Hedrick was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1911, and of the New York State Historical Association and a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science (president 1913) and American Pomological Society. During his lifetime, he authored or co-authored more than a dozen publications, which are "still frequently consulted", on the subjects of pomology and horticulture. His monographs on fruits, including publications such as The Pears of New York (1922), "have become classic references on the fruit cultivars of the period" Condition: Very good / Good.
Keywords: Agriculture, New York State, Farming, Husbandry, Mechanization, Crops, Livestock, Horticulture, Food, Drink, Migrations, Agricultural Organizations, Labor Intense, Erie Canal, Transportation, Elkanah Watson