Illustrations of the Indigenous Fodder Grasses of the Plains of North-Western India

By Duthie, J. F.

SKU# 17998

$ 500.00

Pp. viii, (1) + 40 double-page natural-printed botanical plates.  Later three quarter light brown calf, spine with two raised bands with the title lettered in gilt between the bands, over maroon leather boards, attractive marbled endpapers, 4to (30 x 25 cm; 12 x 9½ inches).  Rare work of the nature-printed fodder grasses of Northwestern India – each plate is printed with the genus and species name, some plates have the hand-written common name of the grass in either Hindi or Gujarati.  The author, J. F. Duthie, was a noted Indian botanist who published some 30 monographs and papers between 1875 and 1901.  He research interests focused on the flora of Northwest India especially the grasses.  This rare monograph is from the research library of Jai Krishna Indraji with his signature, Indian date? (30690) and place (Porbandar) handwritten along the top edge of the Preface.  Jai Krishna Indraji (1849 to 1929) was an Indian botanist and ethno-botanist from the Princely state of Porbander, a coastal city in the Indian state of Gujarat.  Indraji wrote the first botanical treatise in the Indian regional language of Gujarati.  On the second title page the following is written in ornate script: Supol’s library, Vijay Vilas Garden, Mandvi (Gujarat).  This may have been the second owner of the book.  Auction records reveal this work has never come up for auction.   This work is remarkably well-preserved for an Indian work published in 1886.  It shows very little exposure to the south Asian tropical environment.

Publisher Nature-printed at the Thomason Civil Engineering College Press
Publisher Place Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh, India
Date Published 1886
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Very good
Condition Description Light edge wear to the binding, outer corners with a few bumps, light age-toning to some text pages, some soiling to a few plates, plate 22 is browned with numerous chips – it has been mounting on backing paper (this plate was clearly printed on a different paper stock than the other plates) – overall, this is a very good copy.
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