The Pests and Blights of the Tea Plant (Second Edition
The Pests and Blights of the Tea Plant (Second Edition

WATT, George. The Pests and Blights of the Tea Plant (Second Edition).

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WATT, George. The Pests and Blights of the Tea Plant (Second Edition). Calcutta, Office of the Superintendent, Government Printing, India,1903.

8vo. Original publisher's cloth, gilt lettering to spine; pp. xv, 428, illustrated with plates after drawings and photographs; cloth marked, clearly traces of use, but still intact.
Completely re-written and updated second edition. An exhaustive and important work on the welfare of tea plants by the author of the definitive 10-volume Dictionary of the Commercial Products of India (1889-90). Sir George Watt (1851-30) was a medical doctor who was trained at the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow. He accepted a medical post in India largely so that he could follow his love of botany. This second edition was considerably enlarged, and, as it says in the preface, ‘almost entirely re-written’. It not only describes and suggests many solutions to the pests and blights of the tea plant, but at length takes a wider view of the whole husbandry of tea production from a practical and scientific standpoint. It became the tea planters’ bible. - This is a rare survival: a handbook for tea planters in Assam and the Kangra Valley, used by a planter.
Provenance: Ownership signature of J. Thomson Allen of Rakwana, Ceylon, whose family had a tea estate there. The book bears a bookseller’s label on the rear endpaper of Plate Ltd. Colombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, a company from Bristol, Ceylon, founded in 1900 and specialising in photography, artists’ materials, stationery and books.

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