HOOKER, William Jackson.
Title The British Flora : comprising the phaenogamous or flowering plants, and the ferns. The Second Edition, with additions and corrections.
Book Condition 2nd Edition, attractive modern calf spine with blue morocco label, over contemporary marbled paper boards and calf-tipped corners. Tall 12mo [binding c. 20.5 x 12 cms], pp.xii, 479, front paste-down with small and very attractive modern woodcut booklabel of a seated classical female figure playing a lute [very much in the style of Vivien Gribble]. Corners and edges of boards a little rubbed or scuffed, blank lower corners of 2 leaves of index nipped away, else a very good copy.
Publisher London, Longman, Rees &c 1831.
Seller ID 9512
This copy with an elegant inscription in Latin on a blank prelim presenting the book as a prize to Alexander Simpson from James Davidson for his studies in Natural History at Marischal College, Aberdeen, dated April 1839. *** Sir William Jackson Hooker 1785 - 1865 was one of the outstanding botanists of the period. He was born and educated in Norwich, and became Professor of Botany at Glasgow University and the first Director of Kew Gardens in London. *** 'The present volume may be said to terminate with the Ferns. A future one ... will contain the rest of the Orders of the Class Cryptogamia; and will be published in such a form that it may eithe be considered the secon volume of the British Flora, or the fifth of Sir J. E. Smith's English Flora' [Introduction].
Hooker, William British Flora phaenogamous flowering plants ferns horticulture Alexander Simpson Marischal College Aberdeen