London: Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown...; and J. Harding, 1816. First edition. Contemporayr Russian leather. Folio (470 x 294 mm). Contemporary Russian leather with gilt denteles and border on boards; new spine with raised bands; tooling in panels gilt as is title, author and date; extremities abraded. Edges of covers and corners rubbed and some loss. Decorative tooling in gilt present on inside of boards. Original marble end papers. Collation: [i-xxvii], - 20pp., + plates 1-84, supplement plates 1-4 [2-Index] pp. There two or more pages of text for each plate with Supplement with preceding text pages grouped together. h. Some spotting to preliminary blanks & half-title. There is also some minor light gray spotting on one plate. Plate number I in supplement has small brown off setting from spot on facing page. This is a very scarce large paper copy in fine decorative binding with excellent provenance. This study was issued in parts between 1812 and 1816 (publication date on title page). Plates were from drawings by Hooker and engraved by William Camden Edwards. Very Good +. Item #0000136
Provenance: This is one of 10 large paper copies inscribed to Dawson Turner. Turner was Hooker's father-in-law. Dawson Turner has signed his name on the title page followed by a quote in Latin. Turner is noted for his extensive studies on the red algae, Fuci, of Britain. Hooker married Turner's eldest daughter Maria Sarah in 1815, at a time when Hooker was still working on the present study. In fact, it took Hooker 10 years to prepare this study of cryptogamic plants. Hooker's son Joseph describes this as his father's most beautiful work in point of drawing, analyses and engraving of the plates.(Turrill, J.D. Hooker). This classification and illustration of various species of the Jungermmaniae reflects the keen interest of British scientists to bring order to the biological world, particularly plants, in the British Isles. Hooker provides a detailed historical introduction to the family noting that "the name of Jungermannia was first adopted; a name given by Ruppius , to perpetuate the memory of Louis Jungermann, a German botanist, who was born in 1572, and died in 1653, after having published a catalogue of plants of the neighborhood of Altorf, and a work entitled Cornucopia Florae Giessensis. He likewise gave considerable assistance to Besler, in his Hortus Eystettensis." Following the section on History, Hooker describes the different parts and reproduction of a Jungermannia in great detail. The Introduction ends with a binomial classification key for the family, Jungermanniae and a synopsis, both in Latin. (BMNH, II p.870; Brunet, III p.300; Cowan & Stafleu, 2987; D. Jackson, p. 241; Lindley, p. 209; Nissen BBI, 916; Pritzel, 4208).