CORNELL UNIVERSITY: 1925. [THESIS]. 1/2 Leather. 4to (25.3 x 18.5 cm. Half leather and cloth boards. Collation:  ,238 leaves + numerous photographs mounted on stiff gray cardboard and an original watercolor of a potato by Bowers. The binding is in good condition with minimal wear to ends of spine and corners. Title in gilt on front board. Very Good +. Item #0000148
Bowers begins the thesis with is a review of the literature for plant breeding from beginning to end of 19th century and the principle plant breeders. He then describes genetic basis for breeding as well as different aspects of making crosses and pollination. The main body of his research is presented for the different plants and methods he used in creating different varieties. Bowers' signature is on front end paper. Bowers was well known for his publications on rhododendrons. In this masters thesis he presents his research on plant breeding at Cornell which awarded him the degree. This is a significant work because it comes at the time just after Bateson in England and others discovered the importance of the genetic work of Mendel using crosses of garden grown peas. Bowers' research was aimed at discovering what breeding principles were successful in generating new useful crop varieties.