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LAMBERT, Aylmer Bourke.

A description of the genus Pinus...

of which is added an appendix containing descriptions and figures of some other remarkable plants, and an account of the Lambertain Herbarium, by Mr. David Don.

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London, Messrs. Weddell, 1828

Aylmer Bourke Lambert was a Wiltshire botanist. He began collecting plants from a young age, a hobby he would continue throughout his life. In 1788, Lambert became a founding member of the Linnean Society, becoming its vice-president in 1796. On his death in 1842, he was the last remaining original member of the society.

Lambert is best known for his research into conifers. This book is the 1828 edition of his Description of the Genus Pinus, first printed in parts between 1803 and 1807. The original work was enormously expensive, featuring fine illustrations of conifers, and coloured copies sold for 40 guineas each. 'The plates are excellent' (Great Flower Books, p. 64).



Second edition; 2 vols, folio, (67.1 x 51.2 cm); engraved author portrait, 86 hand-coloured engraved plates, 2 plain engraved folding plates, 3 further plates loosely inserted in volume 2 (comprising duplicates of author portrait, 'Pinus Lambertiana', and 'Araucaria Imbricata'), scattered spotting, transfer from illustrations onto facing leaves, both folding plates creased with closed tears at folds; contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards, leaves uncut, extremities rubbed.


Great Flower Books, p. 64; Nissen BBI, 1125; Pritzel, 5010.

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