Treatise on the vine ; embracing its history from the earliest ages to the present day, with descriptions of above two Hundred foreign and eighty American varieties ; together with a complete dissertation on the establishment, culture, and management of vineyards
William Robert Prince (1795-1869) was the fourth proprietor of the famous Prince Nursery and Linnaean Botanic Garden at Flushing, Long Island. During his lifetime the Prince Nursery was the most important nursery in the United States. Prince was a capable horticulturist, and his book presents what was known of both the European and the American grape. A major portion of the text is the detailed description and classification of hundreds of European and American grape varieties, most of which were being cultivated at the Prince nursery. - from Gabler, Wine Into Words, page 213. Dan Longone thinks there are two variant frontispieces. Gail Unzel man verified this in August of 1980. The work contains "Account of Species, Hybrids, and Other Varieties of the Vine of North America" by William Bartam, of Pennsylvania, 1802, on pgs 216-220. Hedrick, in Grapes of New York, page 43, calls Bartams paper, "the first rational discussion of the grape in America." Hedrick goes on to set the date of the publication of Prince's Treatise as "the beginning of American viticulture." (pages 21-22, 48-49, 52);In a list of varieties appended to the text, Prince lists, among others, "Zinfardel." This early mention of the grape is used by Charles Sullivan and others to dispute Arpad Haraszthy's claim that his father, Agoston Haraszthy, was the first to introduce Zinfandel to this country.