JOURNAL Of The PROCEEDINGS Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. Vol. V; [Bound with] Supplement to Vol. V - Botany. Florula Adenensis. A Systematic Account, with Descriptions, of the Flowering Plants Hitherto Found at Aden.[by] Thomas Anderson, Esq.; Second Supplement to Vol. V - Botany. Containing Notes on Aurantiaceæ by Daniel Oliver, Esq. and on Menispermaceæ, Tiliaceæ, Bixaceæ, and Samydaceæ. By George Bentham, Esq.; [and] Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London
London: "Sold at the Society's Apartments, Burlington House; and by Longman, Green, Longmans And Roberts, and William And Norgate, 1861. 1st Edition. Period binding, stamped in gilt to back strip, black ink stain to all edges. iv, 200; xxiv, 47, [1 (blank)]; , 99, [1 (blank)]; lvi, [1 (blank)] pp. Illustrated with hand-colored lithographs (with light green ink only) by W[alter]. [Hood] Fitch (1817-1892). 8-1/2" x 5-7/8". A VG copy. Boards and edges are rubbed/(scuffed), some tears to the paper wrapped boards (especially lower board and corners), some soiling to boards and back strip, blue ink inscription to ffep - possible previous signature, some soiling to end papers (particularly to fore-edge), embossed library stamp to head of "List of Papers" (a.k.a. table of contents), age toning to leaves, water damage to fore-edge of leaves as well as a bit to tail -going towards middle of leaves, water damage is most noticeable on the leaves with illustrations (see photos), some light chipping and creasing to lower corner of last few leaves, overall internally clean and bright. Thomas Anderson "studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an MD in 1853. While at University he became interested in botany, and earned a gold medal for the best local collection of plants, and assisted in arranging the Indian herbarium. In 1854 he entered the Bengal medical service, and went to Calcutta. Subsequently he went to Delhi, where he was actively engaged during the mutiny, returning to Calcutta in 1858. His health failing, he came home, and, the steamer being detained at Aden for some days, he made an interesting collection of the plants of that region, upon which he based his ‘Florula Adenensis,’ published in 1860." [wiki]. Walter Fitch was a botanical illustrator from Scotland. Fitch's illustration have appeared in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, most publications issued by Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, George Bentham's 'Handbook of the British Flora', James Bateman's "A Monograph of Odontoglossum" and William Hooker's "A century of Orchidaceous Plants". "Fitch was made a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1857." [wiki]. The previous owner inscription reads "Skipper Kent 1953". Skipper Kent was a restauranteur in the San Francisco Bay Area, owning Zombie Village in Oakland and Skipper Kent's in San Francisco. These "tiki" inspired restaurants were his pride and joy as he was already and avid collector of Polynesian art and artifacts. Kent was also an avid orchid collector, so we suspect this was in his library at one time, with his interest in botany. The embossed library stamp comes from the library of Herman Knoche (1870-1945). Knoche was born in San Jose, California and studied botany at Stanford University. He moved to France to further his studies at University of Montpellier; his particular interest was island vegetation.
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