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Florula Cestrica: An Essay Towards A Catalogue of the Phaenogamous


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DARLINGTON, William. Florula Cestrica: An Essay Towards A Catalogue of the Phaenogamous Plants, Native and Naturalized, Growing in the Vicinity of the Borough of West-Chester, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. West-Chester, Penn.: Printed for the Author, by Simeon Siegfried, 1826. 1st ed. xv,152 pp. Three hand-colored plates. Orig. 3/4-morocco and marbled boards. Rubbed at extremities; boards rubbed. Head of spine chipped. Bookplate and contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf. Light to moderate tanning and foxing throughout, else a very good copy. Taxonomic Literature 1310. Shoemaker 24292. ANB (online). Darlington was one of the pioneering botanists of the United States, working mainly around his home in southeastern Pennsylvania. Florula Cestrica is the first of Darlington's many botanical works. "With friends he founded the Chester County Cabinet of Natural Science in 1826. Lectures offered by Darlington and others brought in enough money for the cabinet to commission Thomas U. Walter to design a building for it, and it became, for a time, the most successful of the provincial natural history societies. The cabinet's herbarium helped to provide material for the revision of Darlington's technical book, Florula Cestrica (1826), in which he gave brief descriptions of 735 native and naturalized plants in the vicinity of West Chester, where it was published; in its 'Observations' he discussed many folk remedies. Arranged by the Linnaean system of classification, this material was much enlarged to cover all of Chester County and retitled Flora Cestrica (1837), which also had a second edition in 1853. Recognizing that he had become out of step with accepted botanical practice, Darlington rearranged his plants in natural families for the 1853 edition. His Agricultural Botany (1847) - by its subtitle 'an enumeration of useful plants and weeds'--was written as a practical guide for the American farmer. With the German and Spanish names of plants removed and line drawings added, this book was republished in 1859 as American Weeds and Useful Plants" - ANB. Bookseller Inventory # 52948

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