To Be Sold, by William Prince, at Flushing Landing, on Long Island, near New York, A large collection, as follows, of Fruit Trees and Shrubs, William Prince, 1793, New York,
1793 Prince Nursery catalog

1793 Prince Nursery catalog


 

New York (courtesy of the Frank A. Lee Library, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, New York)


In the horticultural history of the United States, the Prince family stands alone. For four generations they ran the Prince Nurseries, established in the 1730's in Flushing, Long Island by Robert Prince and considered the first important commercial nursery in America. Its catalogs from 1771 to its demise in 1865 are recognized as a major contribution to horticultural literature. This 13" x 19" broadside is the usual form of Prince Nurseries' early catalogs.