The Rat: A World Menace
London: John Bale, 1929. Octavo. Item #028060
Frontispiece, 112pp. 9pp. advertisements including front pastdown, illustrated. This copy was from the library of W.D. Fitzwater whose modern work Handbook of Vertebrate Pest Control is the classic work on pest control. He became a part of a US Department of Interior presence in the department working on rodent control that continues today. The present work is still quoted for its understanding of the problem of rats sensing a trap is present (see Journal of Ecology, 1974). A beautiful copy that has escaped either the gnawing or less than ideal bathroom habits of said creature. Bound in brown cloth lettered in black, spine lettering black, Bookplate of John June Davis to front pastdown. He was Professor of Entomology at Purdue University. The entomology major was finally established in 1928. Fitzwater's name is stamped on upper corner of first ad.