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BRAITHWAITE (Robert). Sphagnaceae Britannicae Exsiccatae.1877

London: Clapham Rise, Folio (355 x 275 mm), printed title page and index, lithographed dedication from the author's handwriting, 53 leaves of actual specimens (between one and six samples per page), mounted on card, with manuscript labels, the author's copy, mounted opposite the specimens are 26 sphagnum lithographed plates from "The Monthly Microscopical Journal" (where Braithwaite's book first appeared), 16 family carte-de-visite portraits (several by Whitby photographers) inserted in 4 widow-mounted leaves, envelope addressed to Braithwaite loosely inserted, cont. red half morocco by Fisher & Stidstone (with label), rubbed, upper joint partly cracked, all edges gilt. Robert Braithwaite (1824-1917) moved from Whitby, Yorkshire to south London in 1841, where he practised as a surgeon. His "bryological career was based on and moulded around his love of microscopy" (Mark Lawley, A Social and Biographical History of British and Irish Field-bryologists), being an active member (and some-time president) of the Quekett Microscopical Society and the South London Microscopical Society during the 1870s. All the specimens are described in detail, giving the names of the bryologists (including Braithwaite, mostly Scottish examples) who found them and locations where found. Extremely rare, Copac listing a single copy at Horniman Library. Compared with the standard issue the specimens within the author's copy are more copious and are mounted on card, also the binding is half morocco. Sayre pp.272-4 & no. 408.

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