SPEKE and GRANT OLIVER (DANIEL, editor) and JAMES AUGUSTUS GRANT. Botany of the Speke and Grant Expedition. An Enumeration of the Plants Collected during the Journey of the Late Captain J.H. Speke and Captain (Now Lieut-Col.) J.A. Grant from Zanzibar to Egypt.... with an Introductory Preface, Alphabetical List of Native Names, and Notes by... J. August Grant, FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY FROM GRANT TO ?JOSEPH CHEYNE, Taylor and Francis, 1872
Lot 294
SPEKE and GRANT. OLIVER (DANIEL, editor) and JAMES AUGUSTUS GRANT. Botany of the Speke and Grant Expedition. An Enumeration of the Plants Collected during the Journey of the Late Captain J.H. Speke and Captain (Now Lieut-Col.) J.A. Grant from Zanzibar to Egypt.... with an Introductory Preface, Alphabetical List of Native Names, and Notes by... J. August Grant, FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY FROM GRANT TO ?JOSEPH CHEYNE, Taylor and Francis, 1872
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SPEKE and GRANT
OLIVER (DANIEL, editor) and JAMES AUGUSTUS GRANT. Botany of the Speke and Grant Expedition. An Enumeration of the Plants Collected during the Journey of the Late Captain J.H. Speke and Captain (Now Lieut-Col.) J.A. Grant from Zanzibar to Egypt.... with an Introductory Preface, Alphabetical List of Native Names, and Notes by... J. August Grant, FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY GRANT For ?R. Cheyne Esq. with kind regards from J.A. Grant, 13 June 1872" on title, 136 uncoloured lithographed plates, folding colour lithographed map, Lime and Sycamore leaves pasted onto verso of upper cover and front free endpaper, captioned "Matlock Bank 1880" in manuscript, contemporary half calf, lower joint split [Nissen BBI 1468], 4to, Taylor and Francis, 1872

Footnotes

  • A presentation copy from James Augustus Grant of the first detailed description of the botanical specimens gathered during the Speke expedition. In the introduction Grant notes that in 1860, when appointed to accompany Speke to the sources of the Nile, "it occured to me that many a pleasant hour might be spent in collecting plants and seeds while traversing the country to be explored... I purchased some drying-paper and a couple of books for notes... Captain Speke thought it far too cumbrous for such a journey, but readily yielded to my wish to have it. He afterwards saw with me how the plants were appreciated when we took them to Kew upon our return... Would that my poor friend had survived to see the present result!".
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