New York: Macmillan, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo; pp; xx, (ii), 591, index; illustrated with a frontispiece and one hundred seventy-nine black and white photographs throughout; green cloth lettered in gilt;. Very good. Item #16171
David Grandison Fairchild (1869 - 1954) was an American botanist and plant explorer. Fairchild was responsible for the introduction of more than 200,000 exotic plants and varieties of established crops into the United States, including soybeans, pistachios, mangos, nectarines, dates, bamboos, and flowering cherries. He devoted his life to "the introduction of useful plants into America", and traveled from the Far East to Africa in that pursuit. He was director of the National Geographic Society; This copy inscribed by Fairchild; “To Tom and Ros from their old time friend David, 1940 Sept. 9th upon my return from the Maluccas”.