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Edlin, Herbert L., What Wood Is That? A Manual of Wood Identification, New York, A Studio Book - The Viking Press, 1969, first American edition, 8vo (8.75" x 5.5"), HB, brick red cloth boards with black spine titles, in pictorial dj, NF / NF. Ffep has a slight scar from previous seller's price tag removal and words "1st edition" are written in ink. DJ is price clipped. Otherwise a complete and unusually clean copy.

160 pp., 79 illus., fold-out, seven section display of 40 actual wood samples bound in at the front. Edlin seeks to enable the reader to single out the essential properties of forty timbers in regular use today - brought together from a score of countries scattered over the five continents - so that each can be identified after a brief inspection. Beyond identification he also addresses major processes of wood treatment and their effects, the history of the uses of wood, tree conservation and replenishment.

From the backcover: "This handy manual:

Contains forty actual samples of woods in popular use
Accurately shows each wood's natural color, grain and texture
Classifies woods by an ingenious system of fourteen key characteristics
Facilitates quick, easy identification of woods
Ensures prompt, precise identification kof trees by their leaves, fruits and bark
Tells how and where each wood is grown and describes its special features
Explains techniques of lamination, veneering, directional sawing, planing, turning, carving, shaping, moulding, bending, seasoning, preserving and finishing
Offers invaluable information for every homeowner, hobbyist, carpenter, dealer, builder, architect and craftsman
Provides an important educational tool for teachers, guides and nature lovers".    [Book ID # 1248]


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