Book Description

The Flora of Essex; or list of flowering plants and ferns found in the County of Essex; with the localities of the less common species ascertained by recent observation and reference to former authors, and illustrated with four coloured plates of the plants peculiar to the County. First edition. William Pamplin. London. 1862. Octavo. l, 469pp. Four hand coloured plates, crisp and bright. Map, split to folds and incomplete, in tape repaired pocket to fep. Original green embossed cloth, gilt to spine. Ink splash to upper board, fore-edge and lower edge. Faded to spine, a well used copy with some neat annotation and underlining by its previous owners: Ownership ink stamp Ex Libris F. Townsend to half title upper margin. Signature of Robert Paulson to ffep. Robert Paulson (1857-1935) F.L.S. Mycologist, lichenologist, botanist. President of the Essex Field Club. Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. British Mycological Society. Contributed to lichenology collections from Mount Everest and Spitzbergen. Contributer to Essex Nat.; Proceedings of the Linnean Society; Lichenology of the British Isles; the Lichenologist. Herbarium at British Museum Natural History. From the private collection of Quentin Oliver Newton Kay (1939-2017) Botanist. ”For most of his life Quentin lived in a Gower cottage in Cwm Ivy, near Whiteford National Nature Reserve. He was an obsessive collector of secondhand books, particularly local floras, and the shelves in his cottage were stacked with volumes that would have provided most BSBI members with hours of browsing entertainment, with a complementary glass of homemade elderflower wine in hand and a Haydn quartet playing from a gramophone in the background. His garden was a botanical wonderland, complete with an eclectic assortment of plants that he had collected on overseas trips, fruit trees that always seemed to produce too much fruit, various experimental plots and Swallows that returned to the outbuildings every year” Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland 2018.
Author Gibson, George Stacey
Date 1862
Binding Original cloth
Publisher William Pamplin

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