London: Bell and Daldy, 1863. Original blind-stamped, green pebble cloth. 4to (25.7 x 18.7 cm) Original blind-stamped, green pebble cloth binding, decorative gilt and title on spine, rectangular gilt vignette with floral border and central title on front cover, wear and some loss to ends of spine and corners. Collation: xlviii, 166 pp. + 80 chromolithograph plates. All edges gilt. Occasional minor foxing present in text leaves, more so in end papers. There is an original dried and mounted specimen of Delessaria augustissima in plastic envelope. No information is present to identify the person who prepared the specimen. The preliminary pages consist of an Introduction, Rules for Preserving and Laying out Sea-Weeds, The Amateiur's Synopsis, List of Families, Genera, and Species in the three Colour Groups for Arrangement in the Herbarium, and Alphabetical Tabel of genera and Species. Very Good. Item #0000427
"Margaret Gatty (née Scott) (1809&4 October 1873) was an English writer of children's literature. She became fascinated with marine biology, possibly on the advice of William Henry Harvey, who she had met in Hastings in 1848. Following this, she wrote a book on British seaweeds which dejargonised much of which had been written previously on the subject. She corresponded with many of the greatest marine biologists of her day including George Busk and Robert Brown. Margaret Gatty amassed a large collection of marine material, much of which gathered by her correspondents in far flung corners of the British Empire. This was donated to Weston Park Museum by her daughter, Horatia Katherine Francis Gatty."(Wikipedia) (Nissen ZBI 806; Mass. Hort. Soc.p.111 & both 1872 ed.).