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(1.)   Thomson, George H.     [ 2011 ]
The Naturalisation of Animals and Plants in New Zealand
George Thomson (1848-1933) was born in Calcutta, grew up in Scotland and emigrated to New Zealand at 20. He settled there, working as a teacher and analytical chemist, and was eventually elected to the House of Representatives in 1908. Thomson had an interest in natural history, but he was especially fascinated by the biological battles between native species of plants and animals and more recent arrivals. Realising New Zealand''s unique advantage in having written records about the introduction of new species from the period of Captain Cook''s second voyage in 1773 onwards, Thomson was able to trace the origins and spread of many plants and animals. This study, published in 1922, notes their locations and dates, and includes lists of foreign species officially designated as pests. It is a comprehensive guide to the non-native flora and fauna of New Zealand, providing valuable information about the country''s ecological history.
624 pages, 1 map, Paper bound, engl. (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
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(2.)   Hooker, Joseph Dalton, &, Thomson, Thomas     [ 2012 ]
Flora Indica. Being a Systematic Account of the Plants of British India, Together with Observations on the Structure and Affinities of their Natural Order and Genera
Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911) was one of the greatest British botanists and explorers of the nineteenth century. He succeeded his father, Sir William Jackson Hooker, as Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and was a close friend and supporter of Charles Darwin. His journey to the Himalayas and India, during which he collected some 7,000 species, was undertaken between 1847 and 1851 to increase the Kew collections, his account of the expedition (also reissued in this series) was dedicated to Darwin. In 1855 he published Flora Indica with his fellow-traveller Thomas Thomson, who became Superintendent of the East India Company''s Botanic Garden at Calcutta. Lack of support from the Company meant that only the first volume of a projected series was published. However, the introductory essay on the geographical relations of India''s flora is considered to be one of Hooker''s most important statements on biogeographical issues.
pages, 2 maps, Paper bound, engl. (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
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(3.)   Cheeseman, Thomas Frederick     [ 2011 ]
Manual of New Zealand Flora. 2 Part Set
Thomas Cheeseman (1846-1923), who moved to New Zealand in childhood, was a figure of vital importance for the study of the natural history of New Zealand. Appointed curator of the newly founded Auckland Museum in 1874, he built up its natural history collections on collecting trips, and published over 100 books and papers on botanical, zoological, and ethnographical subjects - work of importance not only for botanists but for the development of agriculture in New Zealand, and for an understanding of the native ecology of the country. He was commissioned by the government to replace Hooker''s now outdated 1864 New Zealand Flora, when Thomas Kirk died before completing such a handbook. Building on his local studies, he published this two-volume work, which contained descriptions of 1,551 flowering plants, 20 pines, and 156 ferns and fern allies, in 1906. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Linnaean Society in 1923.
pages, Paper bound, engl. (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
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(4.)   Cockayne, Leonard     [ 1928 ]
The Vegetation of New Zealand (Reprint 2011)
When botanist Leonard Cockayne (1855-1934) first received an invitation from the German publisher Engelmann to write an account of the botany of New Zealand, much of it was still unknown. He spent the period from 1904 to 1913 immersed in fieldwork, and his first edition was not published until 1921. In this 1928 second edition Cockayne extensively updates the text, adding the results of further research from the intervening years. This work gives detailed descriptions of New Zealand''s plant life, but Cockayne also considers the history of botanical study of the islands, from Captain Cook''s voyages in the eighteenth century onwards, and includes the arrival of colonial plant collectors and an overview of important publications by New Zealand botanists. The descriptions of vegetation cover the sea coast, the lowlands, mountains, and outlying islands, and there are extensive photographs, offering a comprehensive guide to New Zealand''s botany.
XXV+456 pages, 87 pls., 3 maps, Paper bound, engl. (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, ), 2. ed.
 
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(5.)   Hooker, Joseph Dalton     [ 2011 ]
Niger Flora, Or, An Enumeration of the Plants of Western Tropical Africa
German scientist Theodore Vogel (1812-1841) joined an 1841 expedition to the Niger as its chief botanist. He died in the course of the journey, though not before taking extensive notes about the plants that he encountered. His botanical collection and diary were passed to the botanist William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), who had been appointed as the first full-time director of Kew Gardens in the same year. Hooker edited Vogel''s diary and observations and the resulting work, Niger Flora, was published in 1849. Because Vogel''s period in West Africa was cut short by his untimely death, much of the work looks at the flora of the places the expedition stopped at along the way - Madeira, Tenerife and the Cape Verde islands, before giving details - including numerous illustrations - about west African plants. The works also includes observations on African flora by other botanists, including Joseph Dalton Hooker, William''s son.
XV+587 pages, 51 planches, Paper bound, engl. (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
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(6.)   Hooker, Joseph Dalton     [ 2011 ]
Handbook of the New Zealand Flora, 2 Volume Set: A Systematic Description of the Native Plants of New Zealand and the Chatham, Kermadec''s, Lord Auckland''s, Campbell''s, and Macquarrie''s Islands
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911), botanist, explorer, and director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, is chiefly remembered as a close friend and colleague of Darwin, his publications on geographical distribution of plants supporting Darwin''s theory of evolution by natural selection. In 1839 Hooker became an assistant surgeon on HMS Erebus during Ross'' Antarctic expedition. The boat wintered along the New Zealand coast, Tasmania and the Falkland Islands, enabling Hooker to collect over 700 plant species. Drawing heavily on Hooker''s illustrated Flora Novae Zelandiae (1854-1855), this two-volume work (1864-1867) contains a comprehensive list of New Zealand plant species as well as those of the Chatham, Kermadec, Auckland, Campbell and Macquarrie Islands. As the first major study of New Zealand flora, Hooker''s handbook remained the authority on the subject for half a century.
pages, Paper bound, engl. (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
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(7.)   Pearson, H.H.W.     [ 1929 ]
Gnetales (Reprint 2010)
Henry Pearson (1870-1916) was an English botanist specialising in research on the Gnetophyta division of woody plants. In 1903 he was elected to the Henry Bolus Professorship of Botany at the South African College, Cape Town (now known as the University of Cape Town), and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1916 shortly before his death. In 1915 Pearson was commissioned to write this volume for the Cambridge Botanical Handbooks series. Published posthumously in 1929, it was the first extensive study on the Gnetales order and the only such study in English published during the twentieth century. In it, Pearson investigates the morphology and reproduction of the three Gnetophyta genera and examines their relation to the angiosperms (flowering plants). His research on Gnetophyta was later used together with genetic studies to provide theories explaining the evolution of seed plants. Contents: Preface A. C. Seward, 1. Habit, distribution, ecology, taxonomy, 2. Vegetative morphology and anatomy, 3. The inflorescence and flower, 4. Reproduction, 5. Theoretical chapter, Bibliography, Index.
VII+194 pages, 1 plate, 90 figures tables, Paper bound, engl. (Edit: SEward, A.C.) (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
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(8.)   Arber, Agnes     [ 1912 ]
Herbals: Their Origin and Evolution A Chapter in the History of Botany, 1470-1670 (Reprint 2010)
Agnes Arber (1879-1960) was a prominent British botanist specialising in plant morphology and the history of botany. In 1946 she became the first female botanist to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. First published in 1912 and issued in an expanded second edition in 1938, this volume traces the history and development of printed herbals between 1470 and 1670. This two-hundred-year period was the most prolific for the publication of herbals, and significantly saw the emergence of botany as a scientific discipline within the study of natural history. Although Arber mentions the medical aspects of the herbal, her analysis remains focused on investigating herbals from a botanical view, with chapters devoted to the evolution of plant descriptions, classifications and illustrations. Her book remains the standard work on this subject. The text of this volume is taken from a 1953 reissue of the 1938 second edition. Contents: Preface to the second edition, 1938, Preface to the first edition, 1912, 1. The early history of botany, 2. The earliest printed herbals (fifteenth century), 3. The early history of the herbal in England, 4. The botanical renaissance of the sixteenth century and seventeenth centuries, 5. The evolution of the art of plant description, 6. The evolution of plant classification, 7. The evolution of the art of botanical illustration, 8. The doctrine of signatures, and astrological biology, 9. Conclusion, Appendices, Index.
410 pages, 159 b/w-illustr., Paper bound, engl. (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
order- id 15288/10 price 26,90 *  
   
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(9.)   Müller, Ferdinand von     [ 1885 ]
Plants of New South Wales. According to the Census of Baron F. von Mueller ... With an Introductory Essay and Occasional Notes (Reprint 2010)
Sir Ferdinand von Müller (1825-1896) was a botanist renowned for his research on the native plants of Australia. After emigrating from Germany in 1847, he was appointed Government Botanist of Victoria in 1853 and subsequently Director of the Royal Botanic Garden, Melbourne, which post he held until 1873. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1861 and was knighted in 1879 for his services to Australian botany. This volume, first published in 1885, contains Müller''s botanical survey of the plants found in the Australian state of New South Wales. Including an introduction by prominent Australian botanist William Woolls (1814-1893), the survey divides the flora into scientific orders, with short descriptions of genera and species. Both native and introduced plants are included in the survey. This volume offers valuable insights into the composition of Australian flora at the time of publication.
130 pages, Paper bound, engl. (Edit: Woolls, William) (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
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(10.)   Arber, Agnes     [ 2010 ]
The Graminae. A Study of Cereal, Bamboo and Grass
Fist published in 1934, this volume provides a detailed comparative study of the Gramineae family, describing their life cycles, reproductive and vegetative phases, and embryology...
501 pages, 211 bw-illustr., 1 colour illustr., Paper bound, engl. (Cambridge Library Collection - Life Sciences, )
 
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