HOOKER (JOSEPH DALTON) The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of the Eastern Himalaya, from Drawings and Descriptions Made on the Spot, <font class=smallCaps-bok>first edition</font>, Reeve & Co., 1849
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HOOKER (JOSEPH DALTON)
The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of the Eastern Himalaya, from Drawings and Descriptions Made on the Spot, first edition, Reeve & Co., 1849
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HOOKER (JOSEPH DALTON)
The Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya; Being an Account, Botanical and Geographical of the Rhododendrons Recently Discovered in the Mountains of the Eastern Himalaya, from Drawings and Descriptions Made on the Spot, first edition, 30 hand-coloured lithographed plates, one or two minor spots of foxing but a particularly clean copy, contemporary, probably publisher's, red cloth, minor discolouring to front cover [Nissen BBI 911; Great Flower Books, p.60; Pritzel 4200], folio, Reeve & Co., 1849

Footnotes

  • "An important work both for the botanist and horticulturalist since it contains descriptions and plates of many of the best garden rhododendron species which can be grown in this country and an account of their discovery" (Great Flower Books).

    Hooker explored central and eastern Himalaya extensively during 1847-1849, including a trip into Sikkim during which, "even after pressure from the British administration forced the diwan to submit, he obstructed their [the exploratory party's] progress in various ways. He particularly urged them not to cross the northern border with Tibet during their explorations, but Hooker and Campbell knowingly ignored his order and the border violation was used by the diwan as a pretext to arrest and imprison them in November 1849. The British government secured their release within weeks by threatening to invade Sikkim" (ODNB).
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