NY and London: Luther Burbank Press, 1914-1915. First edition. Hardcover. 12 volume set, original full brown morocco embossed with art nouveau panel design of twin fruiting apple trees on front and rear covers, spines similiarly embossed and with titles, large octavos (7 x 9.5 inches). 1260 tipped-in color photo plates (105 in each volume). This set one of an unspecified number with tipped in engraved dedication/subscriber leaf designed by Tiffany and Co. and signed by Luther Burbank at bottom of leaf. Subscriber name at top is "Douglas P. Street." Some rubbing to covers, moderate wear to corners, first volume joints slightly tender, first volume title page and facing page tanned from acidic clipping or bookmark (now absent), not affecting tipped in color photo plate, 2 short tears at top of title page. Offsetting (darkening) to many text pages facing the color photo plates. Overall a very good set. Item #22290
An exhaustive record of the work of the pioneering botanist, horticulturalist, and agricultural experimenter Luther Burbank (1849-1926). While prosperity has not been universally kind to Luther Burbank, he was widely revered in his lifetime for his contributions to agriculture - many of the more than 800 strains and varieties of various fruits, grains, vegetables, flowers, etc., he created became important crops. One of his first efforts, the Burbank potato, was developed to combat the recurring potato famines in Ireland and the later russet variety remains the most widely used potato in the world of commercial food processing (french fries!). Among his friends and admirers were Paramahansa Yogananda, who dedicated his 1949 "Autobiography of a Yogi" to Luther Burbank; Thomas Edison, Jack London, et al. The production of these volumes was the accomplishment of the Luther Burbank Society, formed in 1912 to organize and publish the record of his work, as well as to aid in the management of his business affairs. In addition to the editing of Burbank's notoriously chaotic plant records, the Society took it on themselves to perfect a method for producing the color photographic plates that contribute so richly to this project. Then a relatively new technology first marketed in France in 1907 by August and Louis Lumiere, the last chapter in Volume 12 of this work describes the adaptation of the Lumiere brothers Autocrome process by the Society's photographers to their task.