GUPPY, Henry Brougham

Observations of a Naturalist in the Pacific between 1896 and 1899 Vol.I Vannua Levu, Fiji A description of the leading Physical and Geological characters Vol.II Plant-Dispersal

Published: London: Macmillan and Co., Limited

Date: 1903 - 1906

first edition 2 vols. tall 8vo. xx, 392; xxvi, [2], 627, [1]pp, 6 maps (5 coloured, of which 1 folding), 1 folding chart, 11 plates, original red cloth, spines gilt lettered, vol.1 largely unopened, spines a shade faded, vol. 2 with a couple of nicks in front joint, some light damp mottling to cloth at fore edge of vol.1 and joint of vol.2, else very good.

Endpaper with the attractive pictorial linocut? bookplate of James Small, Brechin, sometime Prof. of Botany at Queen's University and with his signature.

A major and pioneering work. Guppy (1854-1926), English surgeon, geologist, botanist and photographer, after serving as a naval surgeon 1876-1885 partly in the Pacific (especially in the Solomon Islands) returned to the Pacific to undertake extensive geological and botanical research, including investigations of the coral reefs at the Keeling Islands and other work at Java, Hawaii and Fiji. "From 1906 to 1914 he made studies in the West Indies and the Azores. The First World War curtailed travel possibilities and he resumed with further Pacific adventures in 1919. He died en route from Tahiti to Britain" [Wikipedia]. He was awarded the Linnean Medal in 1917. Vol.I is on Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji, with descriptions of its principal physical and geographical features, including volcanic hot springs, magnetic rocks, coral, etc; vol. II, a detailed and pioneering study of plant dispersal, is founded on his systematic beachcombing to study on the movement and drift of seeds and fruit in the tropics and across the Pacific.


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