20 November 2003
TURNER, Dawson (1775-1858). Fuci; or, coloured figures and descriptions of the plants referred by botanists to the genus Fucus. London: J. M'Creery for John and Arthur Arch, [1807-]1808-1819.
4 volumes, 2° (293 x 235mm). Titles and text in English and Latin. 258 engraved plates, printed in colour and hand-coloured, by Ellen Hutchins after W. J. Hooker, 30 folding. (About four plates shaved with slight loss to plate number in vol.I, plates 201-204 and associated text spotted.) Contemporary russia gilt, gilt edges (joints weak, four covers detached).
FIRST EDITION of Turner's 'magnificent' work (DNB) on seaweeds. The work offers descriptions and images of recently-discovered species, many from Australia. A distinguished banker, antiquary and botanist, Turner's scientific studies centred on cryptogamic plants. A large inheritance enabled him to publish such sumptuous works as the Fuci, and he formed large botanical collections, mainly of algae, which are preserved at Kew within the herbarium of his son-in-law, Sir William Jackson Hooker. Nissen BBI 2011; Pritzel 9567; Stafleu & Cowan 15367. (4)
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