The Society of Arts Artisan Reports on the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1878

The Society of Arts Artisan Reports on the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1878

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...bunches at half a pound each'only, unheard of probably in this country. Without endorsing this statement altogether, or disputing it, I would only say that the vines are very heavily cropped. At least one bunch is allowed to every shoot, and very frequently two, and as the vines are planted about 16 or 18 inches asunder, and two shoots generally led from one spur, some idea may be formed of the number of bunches produced on a given area. The fact also that something like 30,000 lbs. weight of grapes are sent to Paris daily from Thomery during the grape season proves that the crops must be heavy, considering that the tract of land under wall culture around the village is not very extensive, though the production of dessert grapes on the walls is the principal industry, and apparently a remunerative one. The homestcads and houses are substantial and well built, and there is an air of cleanliness and comfort about the village, with its trimly trained vines on every cottage and outhouse that strikes the stranger at once. Everybody too seems to be employed. I did not see a single idle person about the streets, nor a hanger-on about the large and well appointed inn where we dined; In the middle of a working day the village was as quiet as the quietest English village on a sabbath day; everybody, I suppose, who could work was tending the vines. The vine-growers at Thomery may, in fact, be compared with the little market gardeners round Paris in thriftiness and frugality, and, no doubt, their success in the culture of the vine is as much due to industrious and methodical culture as to anything else. There is nothing remarkable about the soil in which the vines grow, nor in the method of tiaining. The soil is a light brown sandy loam, to which a...show more

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  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236771222
  • 9781236771223