London: "The Electrician" Printing & Publishing Company, Ltd., 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 96 pp. Very good +. Item #16010302
Finnish geophysicist Karl Selim Lemström (1838-1904) is perhaps best remembered today for his studies on the aurora borealis; he has been described as the "forgotten pioneer of northern light studies" and his work has been compared by some to that of Nikola Tesla (n.b., from Wiki).
This work, "Electricity In Agriculture and Horticulture", published the year of his death, sets forth "the results of a long study and numerous experiments, which had their origin in the Polar regions, [and which] were continued in more southern latitudes, and have led not only to an increase of the harvest of every kind of plant which has come under treatment, but also to a favourable change of their chemical compounds...." (p. 3 of the Preface).
While considerations of "Electroculture" (or Elektrokulture) were begun in the late 18th century, Lemström would be among the first to actually conduct experiments with postive results.
This book scarce in the marketplace; we see no other copies online as of this writing and no auction records (per RBH). Although the title page also lists publishers in the US (Van Nostrand) and Japan (Z.P. Maruya), the only copies we see in OCLC were those published by "The Electrician" Printing & Publishing Company.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green cloth over boards, debossed ruled borders in blind on both boards, debossed gilt lettering surrounded by a gilt border on the front, gilt lettering on the spine, brown coated endpapers, tasteful Ex-Libris on the front pastedown of Kenneth French Anderson with a knight in armour astride an open book, a shield with three boar's heads beneath, that surrounded by the motto "nec timeo nec sperno" (which loosely translates as "I neither fear nor despise"), the title page states "With Illustrations" which consist of ten figures, five of them placed upon four pages of plates (photographic reproductions) and the other five in-text, in addition there are numerous charts and graphs within the text, at the rear is a folding chart titled "Tables of Metrical Measurements, With English Equivalents" alongside a "Thermometer Scale" (this chart with five folding vertical panels, one of which is blank, and two folding horizontal panels, measuring 19.5" wide and 11" high when fully open), followed by a 20 pp. section of publisher's ads which are dated "January, 1909"; we can only surmise that the book (which carries a publication date of 1904), was either reprinted in 1909 without the publisher citing such, or remaining text sections were subsequently bound with later publisher's ads; octavo size (8 5/8" by 5 1/2"), pagination: [i-iii] iv,  2-72, [folding chart], [20 pp. publisher's ads].
___CONDITION: Better than very good, the boards mostly clean with light overall soil and stray marks, the gilt on the front board bright and unrubbed, straight corners with light rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior uniformly lightly toned, the folding chart near fine with a bit of uneven folding and three closed tears of about an inch long, all in the margins or blank panel, and other than the Ex-Libris mentioned above free of prior owner markings; head and tail of the spine gently bumped and very lightly rubbed and a small crease to the upper margins of the second flyleaf and the first few leaves; overall a better than very good copy of a scarce work.
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