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FLINTOFT (James). British Mosses in the English Lake District. [a collection of 7 different issues].1860

Keswick, Cumberland: J. J. Flintoft, 7 vols., 8vo (220 x 150 mm), 6 with letterpress title (one dated 1858), between approximately 30 and 90 leaves of mounted specimens (recto only, all captioned in manuscript), orig. blue cloth, gilt (one in red cloth), light rubbing to extremities. Comprising, 2 copies: title with "prepared by James Flintoft", plain blue cloth, title in gilt on upper covers, spines unlettered, both with Charles Thurman (Carlisle) binder's ticket, 30 and 50 leaves with specimens, [c.1850]; 1 copy: without letterpress title, blue cloth with spine title, front cover title within floral border, 47 leaves with specimens, [c.1852]; 1 copy: title "prepared and arranged", and within border of type ornaments, blue cloth with spine title, front cover title within floral border, 48 leaves with specimens, 1858; 3 copies, title with "prepared and arranged" in old English type, cloth blocked as preceding, 2 blue, 1 red, 50, 50, 90 leaves with specimens [c.1860-70]. These bound collections of mosses, with specimens carefully mounted all with handwritten Latin name, English name and locality, were unique scientific souvenirs of the Lake District. Joseph, and his son Joseph James Flintoft (1826-1877) lived in Keswick, where they collected and arranged mosses for the numerous summer visitors - walkers and Wordsworth enthusiasts - to the Lake District.

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