Botanic Gardens and Domains, Reports for the Years 1896-1914

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    First Edition.

    33cm x 22cm. [588] pages, [32] pages of black and white photographs, [19] plates (2 folding). Green cloth, gilt lettering.

    Joseph Henry Maiden was appointed Government Botanist and Director of the Botanic Gardens in 1896 and from that date produced these voluminous reports most years throughout his tenure. This group of reports cover the years 1896 to 1914 bound together in one volume (a bound in note states it is one of forty such copies in full cloth). A talented and enthusiastic botanist Maiden immediately set to work establishing the colony’s first herbarium, the National Herbarium of New South Wales, together with a museum and library. He was also responsible for the construction of Sydney’s first playground and worked tirelessly to develop the educational value of the Botanical Gardens for all Australians. These reports provide detailed insight into such endeavours, as well as the year on year goings on of the gardens at the turn of the century, with its developments and challenges, from the growth and maintenance of the grounds, to projects, staff, botanical samples and seed exchanges, botanical and library acquisitions, and more. From 1907 the reports become illustrated with photographs.

    Minor marks to cloth. Minor foxing and tanning. Very Good Condition.


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