Second edition. Spine titled and decorated in gilt. A charming little book, 11 x 17 cms, aimed at bringing plant curiosities of the world to armchair botanists. Seventeen improbable plants, from dragon trees to mangroves to cacti to pitcher plants; illustrated, as it says on the spine, “With fine engravings”, it was designed to fascinate and spark the reader’s curiosity.
William Henry Davenport Adams made his career on people’s curiosity, and their 19th-century penchant for books that taught and entertained at the same time. He wrote on history, technology, natural history, biography, anything he thought people would enjoy reading about — in all, he published around 140 different, though sometimes overlapping, titles.
Author [W.H. Davenport Adams]
Binding Publisher's original light brown cloth.
Publisher London: T. Nelson and Sons
Illustrator W. H. Freeman [and others]
Condition Fine copy