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  • ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year Ended June 30 1927. by (Abbott, C. G., Acting Secretary.)
    (Abbott, C. G., Acting Secretary.)
    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year Ended June 30 1927.

    Edition: First edition.

    Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1928. Hardcover first edition - In addiiton to the annual reports of the various departments and museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution, this includes many articles on scientific discoveries and natural history, with a focus on modern astronomy the evolution of 20th century physics;. Incuded are articles on Isaac Newton by Professor Albert Einstein; the nucleus of the atom; the centenary of Augustin Fresnel; the coming of the new coal age; geologic romance of the Finger Lakes; fossil marine faunas as indicators of climactic conditions; paleontology and human relations; at the North Pole by Lincoln Ellsworth; soaring flight (gliding) by Wolfgang Klemperer, bird banding in America; the distribution of fresh-water fishes;…

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    Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1928. Hardcover first edition - In addiiton to the annual reports of the various departments and museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution, this includes many articles on scientific discoveries and natural history, with a focus on modern astronomy the evolution of 20th century physics;. Incuded are articles on Isaac Newton by Professor Albert Einstein; the nucleus of the atom; the centenary of Augustin Fresnel; the coming of the new coal age; geologic romance of the Finger Lakes; fossil marine faunas as indicators of climactic conditions; paleontology and human relations; at the North Pole by Lincoln Ellsworth; soaring flight (gliding) by Wolfgang Klemperer, bird banding in America; the distribution of fresh-water fishes; the evidence of man's bearing on evolution; the origins of Chinese civilization; archaeology of China; Indian villages on southeast Alaska; the interpretation of aboriginal mounds by means of Creek Indian customs; Friedrich Kurz, artist-explorer; note on the principles and process of X-ray examination of paintings; lengthening of human life in retrospect and prospect; Charles Doolittle Walcott; William Healey Dall; and more. Illustrated with many plates, including one fold-out plate and one in color, as well as numerous entexte figures, maps, and charts.Index, xii 580 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in dark green cloth (rubbing to the lettering on the spine, but a sturdy and clean volume.)

    Book ID: 52017
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  • LOOK TO THE STARS. by Aldrin, Buzz; illustrated by Wendell Minor.
    Aldrin, Buzz; illustrated by Wendell Minor.
    LOOK TO THE STARS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (2009.). Hardcover first edition - Colonel Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr., was the second astronaut to walk on the moon and this book offers younger readers a look at the history of astronomy, space travel and exploration from his unique perspective. Beautfully illustrated in full color by Wendell Minor. Two page timeline. 40 pp. Oblong format. Illustrated endpapers. ISBN: 978-0399247217.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86968
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  • REACHING FOR THE MOON. by Aldrin, Buzz; illustrated by Wendell Minor.
    Aldrin, Buzz; illustrated by Wendell Minor.
    REACHING FOR THE MOON.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2005.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first collaboration between astronaut Aldrin and prize winning illustrator Minor. This tells the story of how Buzz Aldrin became one of the first two humans to walk on the moon. Includes a chronology of flight and space exploration. SIGNED on the title page by both Aldrin and Minor. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-06-0554460.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50686
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  • THE HEATED DEBATE: Greenhouse Predictions Versus Climate Reality. by Balling, Robert C. Jr. (Introduction by Aaron Wildavsky)
    Balling, Robert C. Jr. (Introduction by Aaron Wildavsky)
    THE HEATED DEBATE: Greenhouse Predictions Versus Climate Reality.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, (1992.) dj. Hardcover - A serious look at the facts behind the claims of global warming. Illustrated with charts and photographs. Bibliography, index. 195 p. ISBN: 0-936488476.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43130
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  • A SECOND WAY OF KNOWING: The Riddle of Human Perception. by Bolles, Edmund Blair.
    Bolles, Edmund Blair.
    A SECOND WAY OF KNOWING: The Riddle of Human Perception.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Prentice-Hall, (1991) dj. SIGNED Hardcover first edition - A book which probes the limits of our understanding of the human mind. NSCRIBED on the front endpaper: "Larry Owens, best wishes to a serious bookman" and dated in 1995. References, selected bibliography, index. xxiii, 212 pp. ISBN: 0-13-4715829.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67725
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  • Davies, Pete.
    INSIDE THE HURRICANE: Face to Face with Nature's Deadliest Storms.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Henry Holt, 2000. A look at what the storms can do, what causes them - and especially a study of those who fly into the hurricanes in an attempt to gain more knowledge about these storms. 262 pages, including several appendices, section on resources, etc.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed blue wrappers.

    Book ID: 20475
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  • THE DREAMS OF REASON: SCIENCE AND UTOPIAS. by Dubos, Rene.
    Dubos, Rene.
    THE DREAMS OF REASON: SCIENCE AND UTOPIAS.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Columbia Universtiy Press, (1970). A book whcih "examines the role of social forces in determining the goals of science and considers what the scientist owes to society as a whole and what benefits the layman may legitimately expect from science." xii. Illustrated. 167 pp. ISBN: 0-231085443.

    Condition: Very good (previous owner's name inside front cover)

    Book ID: 79564
    Keywords: Philosophy, science
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  • OUT OF MY LATER YEARS. by Einstein, Albert.
    Einstein, Albert.
    OUT OF MY LATER YEARS.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Philosophical Library, (1950.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of essays written after 1936, including many never before published, on a variety of topics ranging from a self-portrait to science to public affairs and world affairs, including the idea of mass destruction. One section is devoted to scientists through the years and the final section on "my people" deals with being Jewish and the history of the Jews. Index. This is the variant with the frontispiece black and white portrait of Einstein by Lotte Jacobi and the typographical jacket. Index. 282 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in turquoise cloth with a dark blue spine panel with gold lettering in a near fine dustjacket (price of $4.75 still present.).

    Book ID: 85513
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  • A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS. by Fishman, Seth; illustrated and signed by Isabel Greenberg.
    Fishman, Seth; illustrated and signed by Isabel Greenberg.
    A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Greenwillow Books / Harper Collins, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover - A picture book for slightly older readers which delves into the vast numbers in the universe from three trillion trees to the fact that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants, a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth but ends with there is only one unique you. SIGNED on the title page by the illustrator Isabel Greenberg with the words "always look up." A Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book and winner of the Mathical Book Prize. Author's note. Large square format, unpaginated. ISBN: 978-0062455789.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 73946
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  • Goetzmann, William.
    NEW LANDS, NEW MEN: America and the Second Great Age of Discovery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1986.). Hardcover first edition - His third and final volume on the study on science and the exploration of the American West that he began with his Pulitzer prize-winning 'Exploration and Empire' and continued in 'Army Exploration in the American West.' This volume has a wider focus, influenced in part by the United State's current global power - in this book, he covers over two centuries - from the 17th to the 19th - as he examines scientific development on an international scale, relating advances in Europe to the American scene, and showing how the explorations of Europeans affected the growth of the American West and the work of American scientists, explorers, and artists.…

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    New York: The Viking Press, (1986.). Hardcover first edition - His third and final volume on the study on science and the exploration of the American West that he began with his Pulitzer prize-winning 'Exploration and Empire' and continued in 'Army Exploration in the American West.' This volume has a wider focus, influenced in part by the United State's current global power - in this book, he covers over two centuries - from the 17th to the 19th - as he examines scientific development on an international scale, relating advances in Europe to the American scene, and showing how the explorations of Europeans affected the growth of the American West and the work of American scientists, explorers, and artists. Includes several 'portfolios' of art. Bibliographical notes, index. 524 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-670810681.

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    Condition: Very near fine in gray boards with a white cloth spine, lacking the dj (remainder line.0

    Book ID: 37496
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  • Gould, Stephen Jay.
    AN URCHIN IN THE STORM: Essays about Books and Ideas.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Norton, 1987. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of reviews which together make provocative and entertaining reading - on Darwin, evolution, contemporary science and more. Illustrated. Index. 255 pp. ISBN: 0-393-02492x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 33275
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  • HUMBOLDT CURRENT: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism. by [Humboldt , Alexander von, 1769-1859] Sachs, Aaron
    [Humboldt , Alexander von, 1769-1859] Sachs, Aaron
    HUMBOLDT CURRENT: Nineteenth-Century Exploration and the Roots of American Environmentalism.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - While almost forgotten now, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) 'was a towering figure of his time - scientist, explorer, and polymath, imbued with Enlightenment ideas - and he left a profound impact on the intellectual life of 19th century America.' Sachs traces HumboldtÕs influence on American history, focusing on the lives of several 19th-century explorers, including J. N. Reynolds, who explored the South Seas from 1829 to 1831; Clarence King, first director of the U.S. Geological Survey; George Melville, Arctic explorer and chief engineer of the U.S. Navy; and John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and explorer of Alaska and Siberia. Among the writers and artists who were…

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    New York: The Viking Press, (2006.) dj. Hardcover first edition - While almost forgotten now, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) 'was a towering figure of his time - scientist, explorer, and polymath, imbued with Enlightenment ideas - and he left a profound impact on the intellectual life of 19th century America.' Sachs traces HumboldtÕs influence on American history, focusing on the lives of several 19th-century explorers, including J. N. Reynolds, who explored the South Seas from 1829 to 1831; Clarence King, first director of the U.S. Geological Survey; George Melville, Arctic explorer and chief engineer of the U.S. Navy; and John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and explorer of Alaska and Siberia. Among the writers and artists who were influenced by Humboldt were Emerson, Whitman, Thoreau, Melville, Poe, and Frederic Church. Illustrated with photographs. Includes a chronology, extensive notes and bibliography, index. xii, 496 pp. ISBN: 0-670-037753.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 47149
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  • Humphrey, Hubert (foreword); Lee, Jennie (introduction); Goodman, Paul; Dubos, Rene and others, contributors.
    THE FITNESS OF MAN'S ENVIRONMENT: Smithsonian Annual II.

    Edition: First printing.

    Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, (1968.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes an introduction by The Right Honorable Jennie Lee. Foreword by Hubert H. Humphrey. Premise by S. Dillon Ripley. Essays by Bertrand de Jouvenel, Rene Dubos, Paul Goodman, Edward T. Hall, Philip Johnson, Ian L. McHarg,Wolfgang Braunfels, Asa Briggs, Hiroshi Daifuku, Robert C. Wood and others. 250 pp.

    Condition: Fine in a good only dust jacket (edgewear to the dj, some loss of paper at the ends of the spine).

    Book ID: 30506
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  • Johnson, Robert L.
    ASTRONOMY: Our Solar System and Beyond.

    Racine, WI: Whitman, 1963. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book for children - he was director of Chicago's Adler Planetarium. Illustrated in full color by George Bakacs. A title in the Whitman Learn About series. 59 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements.

    Condition: Some wear to covers especially at corners and ends of spine, overall near very good condition.

    Book ID: 19660
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  • THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan. by Kanigel, Robert
    Kanigel, Robert
    THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Scribner, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Publishers Weekly called this a "moving and astonishing biography [which] tells the improbable story of India-born Srinavasa Ramanujan Iyengar, self-taught mathematical prodigy. In 1913 Ramanujan, a 25-year-old clerk who had flunked out of two colleges, wrote a letter filled with startlingly original theorems to eminent English mathematician G. H. Hardy. . Over the next five years, the vegetarian Brahmin who claimed his discoveries were revealed to him by a Hindu goddess turned out influential mathematical propositions. Cut off from his young Indian wife left at home, Ramanujan returned to India in 1919, depressed, sullen and quarrelsome; he died one year later of tuberculosis, but his mathematical ideas are used today in…

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    London: Scribner, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Publishers Weekly called this a "moving and astonishing biography [which] tells the improbable story of India-born Srinavasa Ramanujan Iyengar, self-taught mathematical prodigy. In 1913 Ramanujan, a 25-year-old clerk who had flunked out of two colleges, wrote a letter filled with startlingly original theorems to eminent English mathematician G. H. Hardy. . Over the next five years, the vegetarian Brahmin who claimed his discoveries were revealed to him by a Hindu goddess turned out influential mathematical propositions. Cut off from his young Indian wife left at home, Ramanujan returned to India in 1919, depressed, sullen and quarrelsome; he died one year later of tuberculosis, but his mathematical ideas are used today in cosmology and computer science." Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Illustrated with photographs. Extensive notes, selected bibliography, notes. ix, 439 pp. ISBN: 0-356203501.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (light creasing and wear to top edge of dj)

    Book ID: 89366
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  • THE FAMILY THAT COULDN'T SLEEP: A Medical Mystery. by Max, D.T.
    Max, D.T.
    THE FAMILY THAT COULDN'T SLEEP: A Medical Mystery.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House (2006) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A riveting detective story that plumbs one of the deepest mysteries of biology. The story takes the reader from the torments of an Italian family cursed with sleeplessness to the mad cows of England(and, now America), following an unlikely trail of misfolded proteins." Index, Notes. xxxi, 299 pp. ISBN: 1-4000-62454.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dustjacket (short closed tear to dj at top of spine) .

    Book ID: 59886
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  • "Third Taxonomic Study of California Mealybugs, Including Additional Specimens from North and South America" in HILGARDIA: A Journal of Agricultural Science Published by the California Agricultural Experiment Station; Volume 32, Number 14, July 1962. by McKenzie, Howard L..
    McKenzie, Howard L..
    "Third Taxonomic Study of California Mealybugs, Including Additional Specimens from North and South America" in HILGARDIA: A Journal of Agricultural Science Published by the California Agricultural Experiment Station; Volume 32, Number 14, July 1962.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1962. First edition - Illustrated with drawings, pp 637-688. Final issue in volume 32.

    Condition: Fine in stapled gray wrappers.

    Book ID: 70042
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  • "Resistance of Alfalfa to Spotted Alfalfa Aphid in Relation to Environmental Factors" in HILGARDIA: A Journal of Agricultural Science Published by the California Agricultural Experiment Station; Volume 32, Number 12, July 1962. by McMurtry, James A..
    McMurtry, James A..
    "Resistance of Alfalfa to Spotted Alfalfa Aphid in Relation to Environmental Factors" in HILGARDIA: A Journal of Agricultural Science Published by the California Agricultural Experiment Station; Volume 32, Number 12, July 1962.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1962. First edition - Illustrated with charts and photographs, Literature cited, pp 501-539.

    Condition: Fine in stapled gray wrappers.

    Book ID: 70041
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  • CRUST OF THE EARTH (A SYMPOSIUM): Geological Society of America Special Paper 62. by Poldervaart, Arie, editor.
    Poldervaart, Arie, editor.
    CRUST OF THE EARTH (A SYMPOSIUM): Geological Society of America Special Paper 62.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Geological Society of America, (1955.). Hardcover first edition - Papers prepared for the symposium held on October 14, 15 and 16, 1954, organized by the Dept. of Geology of Columbia University. Contents include sections on 'Nature of the Earth's Crust,' 'Recent Deformation And Sedimentation,' 'Structural Synthesis Andetrogensis' and more. Illustrations, Maps, several folded plates - on the Tonga trench, the Puerto Rico trench - and more, and en texte charts. Bibliographies and indexes.viii, 762 pp, A large, heavy book.

    Condition: Very good in original dark green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine (bookplate and stamps from a corporate library.)

    Book ID: 41855
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  • GOOD MORNING, MR. SUN. by Polgreen, John and Cathleen.
    Polgreen, John and Cathleen.
    GOOD MORNING, MR. SUN.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963. Hardcover - A Litltle Owl Book. Charming early reader, which also manages to convey a lot of information about the sun. Unpaginated.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 66343
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  • THE PROBABLE INFINITY OF NATURE AND LIFE: Three Essays. by Ritter, William Emerson (1856-1944)
    Ritter, William Emerson (1856-1944)
    THE PROBABLE INFINITY OF NATURE AND LIFE: Three Essays.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: Richard G. Badger / The Gorham Press, (1918). Hardcover first edition - Scarce first edition of this collection of three essays by this noted American biologist and zoologist who, among other accomplishments, initiated and shaped the Marine Biological Association of San Diego (now Scripps Institution of Oceanography). Throughout his life he was an advocate for evolution, science education, and human service, believing that science was the key to a future society. In his foreword to this book, he states that as he "is approaching the completion of the 'Unity of the Organism' that he needed the essays in print, partly as record and partly as super-record" of the development of his thoughts in this area. Index. 164 pp.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth with darker green lettering - usual toning to the pages, corners slightly bumped, but overall tight and sturdy,

    Book ID: 84162
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  • ROTTEN PUMPKIN: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices. by Schwartz, David M.; Photographs by Dwight Kuhn.
    Schwartz, David M.; Photographs by Dwight Kuhn.
    ROTTEN PUMPKIN: A Rotten Tale in 15 Voices.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Creston Books, (2013). Hardcover - "A Halloween story with the theme of decomposition, a science book about the recycling of life, a photography book with pictures so detailed, fascinating and . . . well . . . gross, that it will captivate and engage even the most book-phobic of children. Written in the first person from the voices of all the characters involved (the pumpkin and its many visitors including mice, birds, insects, fungi, worms, slime molds, etc.), the narrative documents the fate of a familiar fruit as it rots into nothingness" and begins to grow again the next year. Illustrated with full color photographs on every page by Dwight Kuhn. Glossary. Oblong format, unpaginated. ISBN: 978-1939547033.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 68464
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  • THE GERMAN DIMENSION OF AMERICAN HISTORY. by Wandel, Joseph.
    Wandel, Joseph.
    THE GERMAN DIMENSION OF AMERICAN HISTORY.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Nelson-Hall, (1979) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "touches on the highlights of the German-American contribution the the rise of America. Written in three parts it covers (1) the diverse roles German-Americans have played in American life from colonial times to the present, (2) the German-American participation in U.S. military history since the frontier wars of the 1750s and 60s, and (3) the German-American contributions to America in Science and education." Just to cite two specific examples: the first formal protest against Negro slavery came out of Germantown, Reobling built the first railroad bridge and when German immigration reached its crest in 1854 half of all immigrants that year were German. Bibliography, index. xi, 238 pp. ISBN: 0-882291475.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacke (stamp on top edge of text block, sunning to spine of dj, some wear to top edge)

    Book ID: 88833
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  • "Studies on the Growth Rate and Nutrient Absorption of Head Lettuce" in HILGARDIA: A Journal of Agricultural Science Published by the California Agricultural Experiment Station; Volume 32, Number 11, June 1962. by Zink, F W. and M. Yamaguchi..
    Zink, F W. and M. Yamaguchi..
    "Studies on the Growth Rate and Nutrient Absorption of Head Lettuce" in HILGARDIA: A Journal of Agricultural Science Published by the California Agricultural Experiment Station; Volume 32, Number 11, June 1962.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1962. First edition - Illustrated with charts. Literature cited, pp 471-500.

    Condition: Fine in stapled gray wrappers.

    Book ID: 70040
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