Phycologia Britannica: or a history of British Sea-Weeds, containing coloured figures, generic and specific characters, synonymes, and descriptions of all the species of Algae inhabiting the shores of the British Islands.
London, Reeve and Benham, 1846-1851. 4 volumes. Royal-8vo (235 x 145mm). With 360 hand-coloured plates (some double-page). Later green half morocco, spines with gilt lines and lettering, gilt edges.
Second issue of the first edition. William Henry Harvey (1811-1866) was an Irish botanist and professor of botany in Dublin. The present work is a classic on the Algae of Britain and the plates belong to the best made on this subject. "This was W.H. Harvey's magnificent crowning work on the seaweeds, 'Phycologia Britannica' ... A pioneering example of collaborative investigation by a network of collectors, many of them women, scattered around the coasts of Britain and Ireland... to become the standard work of reference on the subject for at least a generation" (D.E. Allen. Books and Naturalists pp. 211-2). Nissen BBI, 806.
Item nr. 8662
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