New York; London: Luther Burbank Press
Description of Original
12 v. : col. ill., facsims. ; 25 cm.

    1. [Cover]
    2. [Frontispiece] Luther Burbank at sixty-four
    3. [Title Page]
    4. [Contents]
    5. Foreword
    6. [How the cactus got its spines -- and how it lost them -- a sidelight on the importance of environment]
    7. Twenty-three potato seeds and what they taught -- a glimpse at the influence of heredity
    8. [No two living things exactly alike -- infinite ingenuity the price of variation]
    9. The rivalry of plants to please us -- on the forward march of adaptation
    10. [Let us now produce a new pink daisy -- a practical lesson in harnessing heredity]
    11. [Short-cuts into the centuries to come -- better plants secured by hurrying evolution]
    12. How far can plant improvement go? -- the crossroads where fact and theory seem to part
    13. Some plants which are begging for immediate improvement -- a rough survey of the possibilities
    14. [Piecing the fragments of a motion picture film -- we stop to take a backward glance]
    15. List of direct color photograph prints in volume I
    16. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume II
    5. [The shasta daisy -- how a troublesome weed was remade into a beautiful flower]
    6. The white blackberry -- how a color transformation was brought about
    7. The scented calla -- how fragrance was instilled in a scentless flower
    8. [The stoneless plum -- an experiment in teaching a plant economy]
    9. The royal walnut -- speeding the growth of a leisurely tree
    10. The winter rhubarb -- making a crop for a high-priced market
    11. [The Burbank cherry -- the explanation of a double improvement]
    12. [The sugar prune -- how a tree was changed to fit the weather]
    13. [Some interesting failures -- the petunia with the tobacco habit -- and others]
    14. List of direct color photograph prints in volume II
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume III
    5. [Planning a new plant -- the first step in practical work]
    6. [Plant affinities -- choosing the lines of least resistance]
    7. [Practical pollenation -- a survey of working method]
    8. Quantity production -- on seedlings and their care
    9. [Grafting and budding -- shortcuts to quick tests]
    10. [Letting the bees do their work -- nature will help us all she can]
    11. [Fixing good traits -- how to hold a result once achieved]
    12. [Recording the experiments -- easy ways to keep track of progress]
    13. [Final selection -- the most important task of all]
    14. List of direct color photograph prints in volume III
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume IV
    5. [Quick possibilities in fruit improvement -- specific needs, and how to accomplish them]
    6. [Practical orchard plans and methods -- how to begin and carry on the work]
    7. [Doubling the productiveness of the cherry -- more and better cherries]
    8. The responsivenss of the pear -- what has been done is but the beginning
    9. Fuzzy peaches and smooth-skinned nectarines -- two fruits which beg for more improvement
    10. [The apple -- a fruit worthy of still further improvement -- new apples and how to make them]
    11. The transformation of the quince -- what was only a cooking fruit now delicious raw
    12. The apricot and the loquat -- an opportunity for the experimenter
    13. [Citrus fruits and fruits from the tropics -- new experiments well worth trying]
    14. List of direct color photograph prints in volume IV
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume V
    5. [How the plum followed the potato -- Luther Burbank's first work in California]
    6. Four Burbank plums, and how they were made -- methods which brought unprecedented success
    7. The greatest plum of all -- the prune -- forty years in search of a perfect prune
    8. [Four Burbank prunes, and the work behind them -- revolutionizing an entire industry]
    9. [Plums and prunes without stones and seeds -- how all fruits may become seedless]
    10. [Planning an ideal plum or prune -- the requirements and how they may be met]
    11. [New plums and prunes in the process of making -- some suggestions on which others may build]
    12. What the Burbank plums and prunes have earned -- the opportunity which improvement opens up
    13. [Accomplishing the impossible -- the plumcot -- a cross which man had said could never be made]
    14. List of direct color photographs in volume V
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Frontispiece] Burbank seedling grapes
    3. [Title Page]
    4. [Contents]
    5. Foreword to Volume VI
    6. [The thornless blackberry -- and others -- some transformations in the bramble patch]
    7. The raspberry and some odd crosses -- much betterment -- and a few baffling problems
    8. Designing a strawberry to bear the year around -- and other work with strawberries
    9. The sunberry -- a production from the wild -- a new food plant from a poisonous family
    10. [A dozen other delightful berries - offering encouragement to combine and build]
    11. Great opportunities in the grape -- generations of grape experiments can help us
    12. [The cactus pear -- a profitable fruit -- its flavors fixed, now working mostly for seedlessness]
    13. Some inedible fruits which may be transformed -- even the acrid barberry is changing
    14. The need for improving small fruits -- and some of the means for meeting it
    15. List of direct color photograph prints in volume VI
    16. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume VII
    5. [How to get the most out of the garden -- a preliminary outline]
    6. Some common garden plants and their improvement -- half hour experiments with many plants
    7. Peas and beans as money crops -- improvements which promise much
    8. The tomato -- and an interesting experiment -- a plant which bore potatoes below and tomatoes above
    9. Pink chives and other foods for flavor -- some successful work with the onion family
    10. [Artichokes and some garden specialties -- finding new food plants wild in the woods]
    11. Winter rhubarb -- and other interesting exotics -- the possibilities when plants are brought from the tropics
    12. [The camassia -- will it supplant the potato]
    13. [The potato itself -- who will improve it further? -- no plant is ever a finished product -- potato suggestions]
    14. List of direct color photograph prints in volume VII
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume VIII
    5. [Corn -- the king of America's crops -- not only better corn but a better stalk -- and why]
    6. [Getting the most out of the small grains -- improvements in wheat, oats, barley]
    7. Manufacturing food for live stock -- some suggestions on clover, timothy, and alfalfa
    8. A rich field for work in the textile plants -- improving the fibers of flax, hemp, and cotton
    9. Plants which yield useful chemical substances -- observations on sugar-cane hops and sugar-beets
    10. [Reclaiming the desert with cactus -- the methods used to produce a spineless cactus]
    11. A rival of alfalfa -- the commercial possibilities of cactus as cattle food
    12. Many useful substances in cactus -- the richness of its chemical content
    13. [Other useful plants which will repay experiment -- transformations and improvements waiting to be made]
    14. List of direct color photograph prints in volume VIII
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume IX
    5. [What to work for in flowers -- and how to proceed]
    6. Working with a universal flower -- the rose -- how the Burbank and other roses were produced
    7. [Accomplishing the apparently impossible with the amaryllis -- wonderful new blossoms nearly a foot in width]
    8. [Bringing forth an entirely new color -- and other important work with poppies]
    9. [A daisy which rivals the chrysanthemum -- and other improvements in daises]
    10. [Making the gladiolus surpass itself -- teaching the plant new habits]
    11. Experimenting with the responsive dahlia -- an infinity of variation which has only been tapped
    12. [The canna and the calla -- some interesting work with lilies]
    13. The purest white in nature -- striking color changes in the Watsonia
    14. List of direct color photograph prints in volume IX
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume X
    5. [Getting the utmost variation out of a flower -- how the Chinese balloon-flower was trebled]
    6. Improvements in the much improved iris -- and a few other old favorites
    7. The tigridia and some interesting hybrids -- new charms in far away flowers
    8. [Four common dooryard flowers and their improvement -- work on the verbena, the pink, the petunia, and the geranium]
    9. The everlasting flower and some common exotics -- the Australian star-flower and plants from the orient and tropics
    10. The hybrid larkspur -- and other transformations -- introducing a miscellaneous company
    11. [Ornamental palms and climbing vines -- views on artistic treatment]
    12. [Lawns and their beautification -- some old and new shrubs and grasses]
    13. Field and flower garden -- some practical hints for their betterment
    14. List of direct color photograph prints in volume X
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume XI
    5. [Nuts as a profitable crop -- the business side of nut growing]
    6. [The paper-shell and other walnuts -- the method used to produce them]
    7. [The almond and its improvement -- can it be grown inside of the peach]
    8. The chestnut -- bearing nuts at six months -- a tree which responds to education
    9. [The hickory nut -- and other nuts -- improvements which have been wrought and some suggestions]
    10. [On growing trees for lumber -- ideas on profitable reforestation]
    11. The production of a quick-growing walnut -- the Burbank royal and other experiments
    12. [Trees whose products are useful substances -- from the sugar maple to the turpentine tree]
    13. [Trees and shrubs for shade and ornament -- some miscellaneous tree experiments]
    14. List of direct color photograph prints in volume XI
    15. [Cover]
    1. [Cover]
    2. [Title Page]
    3. [Contents]
    4. Foreword to volume XII
    5. [Luther Burbank -- his boyhood on a Massachusetts farm -- the conception of an idea and the birth of a great ambition]
    6. [Luther Burbank -- the early years in Santa Rosa -- the period of bitter struggle]
    7. [Luther Burbank -- his patience rewarded -- the period of great achievement]
    8. Luther Burbank -- the sum of his work with plant life -- what it has meant to science and agriculture
    9. [Luther Burbank -- the bearing of his work on human life -- on improving the human plant]
    10. The Luther Burbank Society -- what it has done and what it proposes
    11. List of direct color photograph prints in volume XII
    12. Subject index -- volumes I - XII
    13. [Cover]