This is a very good hardcover. Smithsonian Institute Series 1939. This copy is very clean inside and out. The pages are clean, very good, with only a hint of light natural tanning from age. No marks of foxing seen. The binding is tight and straight. This handsome edition is bound in maroon hardcover boards featuring The Smithsonian Institute Washington seal on front cover along with gold design. Gold title/author/lettering along spine. The hardcover boards are also very good with only a hint of shelf wear. This edition features rough cut page edges adding to the handsome design and lending an antique finish look. Standard Medium octavo size or 6.5" x 9.5" with 322 pages including index.
The Smithsonian Scientific Series was originally published in 1929 and consisted of 12 volumes. This is Volume 2 of the Series. The editor in chief was Charles Greeley Abbot, Secretary of the Smithsonian at the time. This edition title is; The Sun and The Welfare of Man by Charles Greeley Abbot. Meticulously researched and developed, contents include; Why Study the Sun?, Measuring the Suns Rays, Earth Sun Weather, The Atmosphere and Solar Radiation, Day in the Field, Solar Observatory, Harnessing the Sun, Sun Rays Plants and Animals, Landscape of the Sun, Sun a Variable Star. 31 illustrated or photographed plates are features along with numerous text figures.
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