Bound volume of 9 major US Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry bulletins, 1899-1901
Half leather 8vo, multiple paginations. A hefty volume with stress to the binding, overall Good to Very Good; 1" chip to spine head and general restoration to leather, previously suffering from red rot, since tinted and stabilized with cellugel. Contents clean and unmarked.
Bulletins published under the Chief of Forestry tenures of B. E. Fernow and Gifford Pinchot, reflecting the impact of modernization on local ecosystems, including the effects of the railroad, logging, and fires. All quite scarce in commerce.
Includes publications by heavy-hitters in the fields of botany and agriculture, including the hugely impactful "Systematic Plant Introduction: Its Purposes and Methods" by David Fairchild, the botanist who revolutionized modern agriculture in the US by introducing thousands of non-native plants and crops to be farmed domestically.
Other contributors include Henry Graves, who founded the Yale Forest School the following year and became Chief of the US Forestry Service in 1910; Toumey, also associated with Yale Forestry.
Hundreds of illustrations and maps throughout the volume, including lots of the jaw-dropping photos of big men dwarfed by bigger trees that were a staple of souvenir postcards in the late 19th century.
- Roth, Filbert. "Forestry Conditions and Interests of Wisconsin" (1898). 76pp, folding map.
- Simpson, John M. "Osier Culture" (1898), 27pp.
- Fairchild, David G. "Systematic Plant Introduction: Its Purposes and Methods" (1898) 24pp.
- Graves, Henry S. "Practical Forestry in the Adirondacks" (1899) 85pp + 20 plates, incl. 2 color maps (1 folding)
- Toumey, J. W. "Practical Tree Planting in Operation" (1900) 27pp, 4 plates
- "A Short Account of the Big Trees of California" [published under Gifford Pinchot] (1900) 30pp, 17 plates, 2 large folding maps (28x38" & 24x28")
- Sudworth, Geo. B "The Forest Nursery: Collection of Tree Seeds and Propagation of Seedlings" (1900) 63pp, 5 plates and many in-text figures
- "A Forest Working Plan for Township 40, Totten and Crossfield Purchase, Hamilton County, New York State Forest Reserve..." (1901) 64pp, 11 plates and 3 folding color maps (23 x 21")
- Mohr, Charles "Notes on the Red Cedar" (1901) 37pp, 3 plates including map