Bound in blue grained cloth, gilt, with decorative blind stamped borers enclosing gilt block; spine rebacked preserving original with gilt block and title. All edges gilt. Extremities a little worn but otherwise a very good copy. Binder's stamp of Westleys and Co. London on rear pastedown and two bookseller's labels, including R. Corner, Wellington, on front pastedown. Several signatures at front, including one of 1949.



Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, Broadway, Ludgate Hill.,






A description of the principle articles of vegetable origin used for food, clothing, tanning, dyeing, building, medicine, perfumery, etc.
with twenty pages of coloured plates.

Item Description

8vo. 5.25 x 6.25 inches. vv + [i] + 359 + [1] pp.


Illustrated by 20 hand coloured lithographed plates, including frontispiece. Placed in an irregular sequence but all present.


First published in 1853, an edition also issued as Popular Economic Botany in the Publisher's Popular Natural Histories series. The five principal divisions of the book cover food plants, those used in manufacture (textiles), in the arts and manufacturing processes (tanning, dyeing, gums and oils, etc.), medicinal plants and constructive materials (wood for building and furniture). The author, Thomas Croxen Archer (1817-85) was an Edinburgh educated botanist, who was first director of the National Museum of Scotland, from 1864. The attractive hand coloured lithographs are by Walter Hood Fitch (1817-92), a famous botanical illustrator and lithographer.

[Stock No. 24824]

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