Handbook of Australian Fungi
22.5cm x 14cm. xxxii, 457,  pages, 36 plates (20 in colour),  advertisements. Green cloth, gilt lettering, gilt top edge.
The first monograph on Australian fungi by English botanist and mycologist Mordecai Cubitt Cooke (1825-1914). Containing descriptions of 2079 species of macrofungi, microfungi, and slime moulds (or myxomycetes), of which 377 figures are illustrated across 36 plates. The samples which the handbook are based on were supplied by Ferdinand von Muller, Flora Martin, F. M. Bailey, Sven Berggren, and others, and shipped to Cooke in England. This distance limited the accuracy of the work, nevertheless, as the first volume devoted to the subject its historical import cannot be understated and remains a key work in any Australian mushroom collection.
Recased green cloth library binding, new endpapers, single stamp of the Imperial Library to title page . Very minor tanning. Minor chipping to edges of tissue guards. Very Good Condition.
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