The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada. Bussey, Daniel J., edited by Kent Whealy. 2017. JAK KAW Press, Mount Horeb, WI. 3742 pp. in 7 volumes (hardcover). USD 320.00. ISBN 978-0-9980048-0-8.
We are occasionally blessed by a horticultural book or series of a magnitude, depth, utility, and beauty that is unprecedented in publishing history. The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada is one such publishing feat, and it is unlikely that a project of this proportion will appear for any other horticultural crop during the rest of our lifetimes.
The lavish, color-illustrated hardcover set of seven volumes of over 3500 total pages systematically documents all apple varieties that have appeared in publications in the USA and Canada through the year 2000. Its 16,350 separate descriptions of distinct apple varieties include detailed description of every significant morphological feature, as well as astonishingly comprehensive commentaries on their...