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La Canfora Italiana

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THE commercial production of camphor is, at the present time, in a very interesting phase. The true camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora, one of the Lauraceæ, occurs wild in eastern Asia, Formosa and Japan yielding the greater portion of the world's supply. After the Chino-Japanese War, the Japanese, by the acquisition of Formosa, gained the practical control of the total output, and camphor production was made a Government monopoly, first in Formosa, but afterwards in Japan as well. Within a short space of time camphor rose enormously in price, causing serious concern in the industries employing, camphor, particularly the manufacture of celluloid, which uses up the greater portion of the world's supply.

La Canfora Italiana.

By Prof. Italo Giglioli. Pp. 292. (Rome: Tipografia Nazionale di Giovanni Bertero e. C., 1908.)

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