Pioneers of Fertility
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Published by The Clareville Press, London for The Fertiliser Journal Ltd, London.
Black cloth boards with silver lettering to spine. ICI logo on back.
Fair. Some water staining on corners of boards. Foxing and marks of age on endpapers and page ends, but printed pages remain very good.
Good, a few small tears at edges and some age darkening.
Undated, but believed to be 1949 first edition.
Illustrated throughout with line drawings by Michael Ayrton. 125 pp.
Contains 22 short histories of pioneers of soil science. Examining how and why plants grow and methods of improving soil to increase their health and yield. Written shortly after WWII, when the necessity of "digging for victory" made an understanding of how to overcome the difficulties of different soil types especially urgent. Written in a charming and non-academic style accompanied by many light-hearted illustrations.