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Who Found Our Ferns? A History of the Discovery of Britain's Ferns, Clubmosses, Quillworts and Horsetails

by Edgington, J.

  • Paperback £30.00
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  • Catalogue No : 45121
  • ISBN : 9780992612016
  • Published : 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 216


British Pteridological Society Special Publications No. 12. This book tells the story of the discovery of Britain's pteridophytes, from Saxon times to 2012. The lives of those who noticed, collected and described our ferns, horesetails, quillworts and clubmosses are interwoven with accounts of how, where and when they found them.

Includes historical accounts supplemented by recent taxonomic research of 85 taxa that grow wild in Britain and Ireland, or have done so in the past, with details of almost all records before 1724, or later for subsequent discoveries. Comprehensively referenced to primary sources. Over 160 illustrations include engravings from contemporary literature, nature prints, and herbarium specimens. With a list of pre-Linnaean phrase names and their scientific equivalents, chronological summaries of early reports, and a full index of plant names.


Vg. From the library of Keith Hyatt (d. 2021), acarologist at the Natural History Museum, London, and prominent member of the London Natural History Society, with his name inside front cover. Presentation copy, signed, from the author to Hyatt. Book review of present book from The London Naturalist (2013) pasted inside front cover.

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