Definitely for a specialty market, this authoritative gathering of information and speculation on the corn plant in pre-Columbian times -- the corn plant which played so important a part in American cultures. Dr. Weatherwax presents historical sources of information from Columbus' log; traces the route of maize to Europe as noted in the herbals; discusses the places it was grown in America,- its cultivation, use, conservation. The search for the original wild corn, the ancestor of the present plant, is also considered. Finally the important position in Indian culture, art, religion, and artifacts is of particular interest for anthropologists and archaeologists. Botanists, agriculturists and other specialists will value the book.