Title: A Collection of Grasses, With description of...
Publisher: Hills & Co., Sunderland
Publication Date: 1891
Book Condition: Very Good
Gilt-ruled dark blue morocco, gilt-stamped lettering on upper board; 208 x 345 mm; approx. pp. , with 47 mounted specimens, facing manuscript text, and with a printed title-page, TOC, and section introductions. The work of a student at Colonial College, Hollesley Bay, Suffolk, in the summer term of 1891, a printed "dedication" page reads, "Mr. W. J. Cochrane, An excellent collection, both as regards number of varieties and superiority in mounting the Specimens. Better than any collection sent up in previous competitions. C. G. Freer Thonger, M.R.A.C., F.C.S." Indeed, the specimens are in excellent condition, and nicely presented. Divided by family into 10 sections, each section with a printed introduction identifying the family in Latin and English, with a few words on their defining characteristics. The families include meadow grass (6 specimens), rye grass (3), fescue (8), foxtail (3), oat grass (3), brome (3), barley grass (3), bent (6, including 2 unknown), "various good grasses" (7), "various worthless grasses" (5). Each specimen is accompanied by manuscript text, in black ink in legible script, on the facing page, identifying the specimen in Latin and Engish, and offering (again) just a few words on its defining characteristics. Last 6 leaves heavily chipped and torn at top corner, affecting one of the specimens and some of the text; otherwise contents are in very good condition. The binding is quite worn, with large chips out of spine (exposing the gatherings) and a large chip out of the top corner of the rear board; boards quite scuffed. Bookseller Inventory # D11059
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