LUTHER BURBANK HIS METHODS AND DISCOVERIES - 1914 12 Volume Set (Complete),1260 Color Illustrations
Burbank, Luther, LUTHER BURBANK HIS METHODS AND DISCOVERIES AND THEIR PRACTICAL APPLICATION, New York: Luther Burbank Press, 1914. Burgundy cloth hardcovers with gilt spine titling and Burbank's cameo on the front board of each volume together with his name blind-stamped to the bottom of each front board, 12 volumes complete, 8vo (9.250 x 6.250"), t.e.g., very good / n.a., approximately 4000 p.p. in total, head and tail of spines as well as corners bumped and rubbed, some small wear and spotting to boards, text lightly age toned in places with the occasional light spotting and a very small amount of sporadic foxing. The board photos of Burbank are slightly scratched due to shelf use and their convexity. All illustrations appear to be present and there are a good number of them.
A milestone in science and botany these volumes, produced by the Luther Burbank Society, contain 1260 color photographs of various plants and plant related objects addressed by the great Luther Burbank. These volumes were signed by the Burbank secretary Robert John and presented to the Honorary Member Clarence Franklin Helwig C.P.A. An inscription on the dedication page indicates Mr. Helwig later gifted them to his grand-children Marilyn & John. The photos in these volumes were in color and tipped in. In 1914 this was a new and special process created just for these works. The process is explained in Volume 1. The books are a compendium of Burbank's experiments and achievements from 1875 to 1914.
Luther Burbank (March 7, 1849 – April 11, 1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank's varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables. He developed (but did not create) a spineless cactus (useful for cattle-feed) and the plumcot.
He also developed: the Shasta daisy, the fire poppy, the "July Elberta" peach, the "Santa Rosa" plum, the "Flaming Gold" nectarine, the "Wickson" plum, the Freestone peach, and the White Blackberry. Also among his developments was the famous Russet Burbank potato, now the most eaten in the world, and the strain which finally put the Irish Potato famine to rest forever.
Quite the man; quite the distinctive book indeed - yet another incredible slice of Captured Tyme!