Observations on the Genus Mesembryanthemum, in Two Parts, containing scientific descriptions of above one hundred and thirty species
By Haworth, Adrian Hardy
Observations on the Genus Mesembryanthemum, in Two Parts, containing scientific descriptions of above one hundred and thirty species, about fifty of which are new; directions for their management; new arrangements of the species; references to authors; and a great variety of critical, philosophical, and explanatory remarks.
Pp. (4), 480. Original full cognac-brown morocco leather, spine with seven pairs of gilt panel lines that border six compartments, one compartment has a red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, edges of all boards have elaborate gilt decorations, all page edges with faint speckle decorations, 8vo. This work was issued in two parts each with its own title page; the first was published in 1794 and the second part in 1795 – both parts have continuous pagination. See also Stafleu and Cowan no. 2488. Haworth (1768-1833) was a British gardener and entomologist who was also a leading authority in succulent plants; he had a garden in Chelsea where he grew succulents. Haworth grew species of the genus Mesembryanthemum, a prostrate succulent plant native to Africa, Sinai and southern Europe, in his garden. Haworth died of cholera that he possibly contracted on a plant-collecting trip to Africa. Armorial bookplate of Earl Fitzwilliam – this is the title in both the Peerage of Ireland and the Peerage of Great Britain held by the head of the Fitzwilliam family. This volume likely belonged to the fourth Earl, William Fitzwilliam. Also on the front endpaper is a printed label of the place name: Milton, Petersborough. This place name is also connected with William Fitzwilliam.
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