Robert Williams Wood New York: Duffield and Co., 1917. Revised and Enlarged Edition. Hardcover. Format is approximately 6 inches by 7.5 inches. , 49,  pages. Decorative front and back cover. A hand-written poem laid in, perhaps written to/for the author, making this a copy once owned by the author? Robert Williams Wood (May 2, 1868 – August 11, 1955) was an American physicist and inventor who made pivotal contributions to the field of optics. He pioneered infrared and ultraviolet photography. Wood's patents and theoretical work inform modern understanding of the physics of ultraviolet light, and made possible myriad uses of UV fluorescence which became popular after World War I. He published many articles on spectroscopy, phosphorescence, diffraction, and ultraviolet light. He was only 33 years old and yet was appointed as full-time professor of "optical physics" at Johns Hopkins University, held from 1901 until his death. Wood also authored nontechnical works. In 1915, Wood co-wrote a science fiction novel, The Man Who Rocked the Earth, along with Arthur Train. Its sequel, The Moon Maker, was published the next year. Wood also wrote and illustrated two books of children's verse, How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers (1907), and Animal Analogues (1908). The R. W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America recognizes an outstanding discovery, scientific or technological achievement or invention in the field of optics. How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers is a whimsical and delightful book of children's verse. Each verse centers around two things that resemble one another and each poem is wonderfully illustrated. This edition includes the wonderfully illustrative hand drawn lettering. The Harrier, harassed by the Hare, Presents a picture of despair; Although as far as I'm concerned, I love to see the tables turned. The Harrier flies with all his might, It is a harum-scare'm flight: I'm not surprised he does not care, To meet the fierce pursuing Hare. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Children's Literature, Verse, Poems, Birds, Flowers, Wood-cuts, Illustrated Works, Pictorial Works, Manual. Flornithology, Rhymes