1874. DRESSER, Christopher. POPULAR MANUAL OF BOTANY, BEING A DEVELOPMENT OF THE RUDIMENTS OF THE BOTANICAL SCIENCE. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1860. 8vo. Publisher's calf. viii, (2), 233, (1) pages. First edition. A scarce work. OCLC records 13 copies world-wide with only two in the US. A clean copy of the colored issue of Dresser's third work on botany before he devoted himself to design. "Among Dresser's first important writings were 'On the relation of science to ornamental art,' a paper given to the Royal Institution in 1857, and The Rudiments of Botany and Unity and Variety, both in 1859. On the strength of the two latter he was awarded a doctorate by Jena University in 1860. He was always extremely proud of this and made a point of being known as Dr. Dresser. He was disappointed in the same year when his application for the chair of botany at London University was unsuccessful." Perhaps this disappointment led to Dresser's highly successful and influential work as a designer which was profoundly rooted in his understanding of botanical structures. "In this volume we fear that it will be at first sight be thought that we have been guilty of a great breach of etiquette, for when speaking of the student we have always done so in the masculine gender. However, we do not for one moment mean to commit such an atrocity as to insinuate that ladies are not students also, and that the book is not for them, on the contrary, it is emphatically a ladies' book..." (preface). Tynmouth House School Library award bookplate dated June 19, 1874. Spine somewhat worn, else very good. (Inventory #: 39639)
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