Flora Britannica: The Definitive New Guide to Wild Flowers, Plants and Trees by Richard Mabey lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Botany section.
London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1996, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece; Title page vignette;
>From the cover: Flora Britannica is one of the most important books about Britains plants to be published this century.
It covers the native and naturalised plants of England, Scotland and Wales, and, while full of fascinating history, is topical and modern. Indeed, Flora Britannica is the definitive contemporary flora, an encyclopaedia of living folklore, a register a sort of Domesday Book for the end of the twentieth century.
Flora Britannica is unique in that it is not a botanical flora but a cultural one an account of the role of wild plants in social life, arts, custom and landscape. It is also unique in that information has been supplied by the people themselves. Five years of intensive original research have aroused popular interest and grassroots involvement on an exceptional scale. People all over Britain both rural and urban have been encouraged to record and celebrate the cultural dimensions of their own flora, and to send their memories and anecdotes, observations and regional knowledge to Flora Britannica.
The result is a nationwide record of the popular culture, domestic uses and social meanings of our wild plants. It is both useful and delightful superbly written by one of the most outstanding English authors on natural history and illustrated with nearly 500 photographs. Including trees and ferns, it covers 1,000 species, many of them in considerable detail. A new flora for the people, Flora Britannica is a testimony to the continuing relationship between nature and human beings, and a celebration that the seasons and the landscape, local character and identity, still matter in Britain.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 480 pages. Index. 11¼” x 8¾”.