Scottish Cryptogamic Flora, or coloured figures and descriptions of cryptogamic plants, belonging chiefly to the order Fungi; and intended to serve as a continuation of English botany.
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Edinburgh, Maclachlan & Stewart, 1823-1828. 6 volumes. Royal-8vo (240 x 150mm). With 360 fine hand-coloured engraved plates and descriptive text. Contemporary green half morocco, richly gilt spines with gilt lettering, marbled sides, gilt edges.
Greville (1794-1866) was a Scottish mycologist and made important contributions to Scottish mycology
A fine set of this beautifully illustrated work on Scottish fungi which was published in 72 monthly parts with 5 plates each and was intended as a continuation of Sowerby's 'English Botany'. "Das Werk gehört zu den für die Pilzsystematik bedeutenden colorierten Tafelwerke" (Dörfelt & Herklau, Die Geschichte der Mykologie p. 350). Robert Kaye Greville (1794-1866) was a Scottish mycologist and made important contributions to Scottish mycology. "Greville beautifully illustrated this work, and the treatment is also of high quality. New species were described, and a number of new combinations proposed...' (Margadant p. 131).
Provenance: Armorial bookplate of John Dunkin (1782-1846) who was an English topographer.
Nissen BBI, 757; Stafleu & Cowan 2160.