Dj Short has a small grow book that's worth grabbing for a few bucks. Not much history but its nice to see somone with cred take a jab at modern Cannabis standards.
Somone mentioned Chris Bennet, I've not read the book but the documentary Fire Baptism and The Lost Sacraments is a good one. Although its wrong on a few points, such as saying that anointing oil had weed flowers in it. No, those weights were for hash, not raw flowers!