7 - 8 April 2004
SAINT HELENA. - Flora Sta. Helenica. Saint Helena: printed by J. Boyd, 1825.
Small 4° (210 x 168mm). Pp.,[i-]v,,[1-]20. Original blue paper wrappers, upper cover with letterpress title within type ornament border (backstrip neatly repaied, label pasted to inner surface of lower cover), 20th-century blue cloth box. Provenance: Philip Gosse ('Weppons' book label).
A VERY RARE locally-printed flora, based on the work of William Roxburgh (An alphabetical list of plants ... growing on the island of St. Helens, in 1813-14 London: 1816) and 'Wm. Leycester, Esq President of the Agricultural Society of Calcutta' ([p.i] of preface). The list of plants is preceeded by a preface which includes instructions on how to care for plants being transported by sea, and notes the best way of introducing plants into cultivation on the island.
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