Book Description

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.
Dealer Notes
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]
Date 1869
Binding Publisher's original light brown cloth.
Publisher London: T. Nelson and Sons
Illustrator W. H. Freeman [and others]
Condition Fine copy
Pages 127

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