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Book Description

First edition, of the first popular work on mycology — the study of fungi — to be published in the English language. The title continues “… with descriptions of the esculent [or edible] and poisonous species …” with several featured on 24 coloured lithographic plates (including a title page vignette). A very good copy; gilt a touch rubbed; one gathering protruding a bit at fore-edge; plate list facing first page of text, with both much browned (from clipping laid in ?); a bit of ‘thumbing’; plate nice and bright.
Dealer Notes
Mordecai Cubitt Cooke was a self taught scientist who, after several years as curator of the India Office’s India Museum, became the first mycologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. He wrote numerous books and illustrated many of them, contributed to dozens of journals and edited several.
As Lewis Carroll fans, we can’t resist quoting a passage from Cooke’s Wikipedia page: “It has been suggested that Cooke's description of the perceived distortions of the size of objects while intoxicated by the fungus Amanita muscaria (commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita) … inspired the passage in Lewis Carroll's 1865 popular children's storybook Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, where Alice grows or shrinks on eating parts of the mushroom. (The effects were later termed Alice in Wonderland syndrome.)”
Author M.C. Cooke (Mordecai Cubitt Cooke)
Date 1862
Binding Original gilt-decorated cloth
Publisher London: Robert Hardwicke
Condition Very good
Pages vi, [2], 148 p. (+ 4 p. catalogue at rear)

Price: £100.00

Offered by Wilfrid de Freitas

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