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  • Fig book?

    While I like technology, I also enjoy "dead tree" books. Is there's good fig book out there? ...thinking something that might function as a reference as well as history and other information on figs and fig trees.
    Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

  • #2
    There a few out there...the classic is Ira Condit's monograph. Here's a link I uploaded: Fig Varieties

    Pons also has a book in Spanish and Catalan, I don't have it though (if anyone has one for me to borrow, let me know!).

    That's part of this hobby's fun, not a great deal of centralized information. The variety database here, the one on f4f, old threads on gardenweb, and other sites are where most info is to be had.
    https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
    SE PA
    Zone 6

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    • jmaler
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      Kelby, what is the syntax used to hide the link behind the phrases "Fig Varieties" and "Hardy Fig List&quot? To stay on topic you can PM me if you like.

    • Kelby
      Kelby commented
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      Um...I just clicked the link button on the posting screen? I think it's only available on computers, not mobile. Does that help?

    • jmaler
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      Thanks. I'll try logging in with my laptop.

  • #3
    Thanks! That monograph will give me plenty to pore over this winter. Thanks again, Kelby!
    Last edited by DBJohnson; 08-05-2015, 06:01 AM. Reason: Hit send too soon.
    Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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    • #4
      There's another good book by G Eisen "The Fig: Its History, Culture, and Curing: With a Descriptive Catalogue of the Known Varieties of Figs"
      It's available at Archive.org and Google books . You can also get it here, http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/i...age/2/mode/1up.
      Enough for two winters.
      John Z5 Wish list:

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      • #5
        Thank you, John. I just read through the first 20-30 pages and have bookmarked it for later reading.
        Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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        • #6
          Good stuff. Downloading.
          Don - OH Zone 5b/6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Craven's Craving, Izmir/Iznot, Calderona, Campaniere, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Izbat an Naj, Blava Campenera, Makedonia Dark, Souadi, LSU Jack Lily, Violet Sepor

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          • #7
            here's a pretty good alphabetical listing of botanical terminology for use with Condit's Key

            http://www.calflora.net/botanicalnam...icalterms.html
            Ross B. Santa Rosa Calif zone 9b, wish list: CdD Blanc, Igo, Palmata, Sucrette, Morroco, Galicia Negra

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            • #8
              I've thought before of buying a reproduction copy of Eisen's book. Does anybody have information on the quality of some of those versions?
              My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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              • DBJohnson
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                I just ordered a copy from Amazon. Will let you know what it's like when I get it.

            • #9
              The reprint of Guatav Eisen's "The Fig: it's History, Culture, and Curing..." arrived today. Quality textbook-like binding (I got the hard bound version). Reproduction quality of the pages is a bit rough (similar to a 3rd or 4th generation photocopy), but it is very readable. Delivered for less than $10--don't know if I caught a sale or an error at Amazon, but there it is. Over all, I'm very pleased.
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              Last edited by DBJohnson; 08-10-2015, 08:32 AM.
              Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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              • #10
                I just spent an hour flipping through and reading random areas in this book as different topics caught my eye.

                That being said, something of which to be aware is that with the multi-generational quality of the copy, you will want a bright light to use while reading. The lamp next to my chair is of slower wattage, which great when dealing with a headache but is aggravating when reading a copy (of a copy of a copy) of an older typeface.

                Still...an enjoyable text.
                Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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                • #11
                  Thanks for the report on quality. There are many different sellers, all with different prices. I wonder how much the quality varies.

                  For $59.95, this one seemingly may be of higher quality:
                  http://smile.amazon.com/fig-Its-hist...256869&sr=1-12

                  See description which states "replication of a book originally published before 1901. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible."

                  I don't see a $10 version for sale right now. Would be nice to see some reviews of the different versions offered.

                  My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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                  • #12
                    I just checked my orders at Amazon and they charged me $3.89 for this book (plus shipping). I clicked the "Buy again" button and it took me to the books page and the price is listed as $38.99.

                    Methinks Amazon moved a decimal....
                    Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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                    • #13
                      Most of the reprint books are being sold by third parties so it may have been a third party that made the mistake (discovered when they filled your order?) or maybe they wanted to sell one copy cheaply in hopes you'd write a review so they could sell more. Probably a mistake, congrats.
                      My fig photos <> My fig cuttings (starts late January) <> My Youtube Videos

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