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Four articles on the date palm in the Middle East, northern Africa and America

SWINGLE, Walter Tennyson.
The date palm and its culture. ... (Reprint from Yearbook of Department of Agriculture 1900).
[Washington, Government printing office, 1900]. With 9 plates with black and white photographic reproductions.
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(2) SWINGLE, Walter Tennyson. The date palm and its utilization in the southwestern states.Washington, Government printing office, 1904. With a wood engraved device of the United States department of agriculture on title-page, 21 (of 22) plates (including 2 chromolithographed maps) and 10 illustrations in text.
(3) FAIRCHILD, David Grandison. Persian Gulf dates and their introduction into America.Washington, Government printing office, 1903. With the same wood engraved device on title-page and 4 plates with reproductions of photographs.
(4) KEARNEY, Thomas Henry. Date varieties and date culture in Tunis.Washington, Government printing office, 1903. With the same wood engraved device on title-page and 10 plates with reproductions of photographs.
4 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Modern blue cloth, each work bound in with its original printed paper wrappers.
€ 3,500
Ad 1: Offprint of an article on the date palm in America by the American botanist Walter Tennyson Swingle (1871-1952). He describes the characteristics of the date palm, its history in America, its cultivation, commenting on the proper climate, irrigation, fertilizing, soil, etc., and the uses of its fruits.Ad 2: First edition of Bulletin no. 53 of the USDA Bureau of plant industry, devoted to the date palm growing in the south of America, also by Swingle. It deals again with the cultivation of the tree, but in much more detail than in ad 1. A large part is devoted to the trees resistance to alkali, comparing alkali conditions in Algeria and America. Besides many photographs, it includes two chromolithographed maps of California showing where the date can grow and showing the variation in soil.Ad 3: First edition of Bulletin no. 54 of the USDA Bureau of plant industry, being a brief article on the introduction of date trees from the Arabian Gulf to America, written by the American botanist David Fairchild (1869-1954). He distinguishes many varieties of the palm growing in the Middle East (Bagdad, Basra, Al-Hasa, Masqat and more).Ad 4: First edition of Bulletin no. 92 of the USDA Bureau of plant industry, on different date palm varieties growing in Tunisia by Thomas Henry Kearney (1874-1956). He gives a description of geography, climate, the cultivation of the tree in Tunisia, the different types of dates and fruits and their characteristics.
Paper wrappers of ad 1 very slightly damaged, ad 2 lacking 1 plate (no. VI); text-leaves slightly browned, otherwise in very good condition.
D.R. Hodel, Imported and American varieties of dates, p. 106 (ad 3 & 4) and p. 108 (ad 1 & 2); not in Bradley.
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