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Synopsis methodica stirpium Britannicarum, editio tertia, 1724. Flora Anglica, 1754 & 1759; Carl Linnaeus: Facsimiles; with an introduction by William T. Stearn

Synopsis methodica stirpium Britannicarum, editio tertia, 1724. Flora Anglica, 1754 & 1759; Carl Linnaeus: Facsimiles; with an introduction by William T. Stearn

Ray, John, 1627-1705; Linnaeus, Carl; Ray Society

For many years after its first publication in 1690, John Ray’s Synopsis methodica Stirpium Britannicarum was the most consulted book about British plants, the pocket companion of British apothecaries, physicians and country gentlemen on their field excursions. Linnaeus gained most of his knowledge of the British flora from the third edition (1724), revised by Dillenius, here reproduced in  facsimile, and he based his dissertation Flora Anglica (1754 and 1759), also reproduced here in facsimile, on this work. Linnaeus’s introduction of consistent binomial nomenclature for species in 1753 made Ray’s names archaic and obsolete; nevertheless botanists continued to consult the Synopsis for information during the next 50 years. Thus it has acquired a lasting scientific value, particularly for cryptogamists. To the modern British floristic botanist this standard handbook of  his predecessors has a sentimental and often sad interest. It records the plants of a vanished England, of the country before the enclosure of common land, drainage of marshland, and urban and industrial development. For writers of local Floras, Ray’s Synopsis is often a primary source of historical information. The introduction by W. T. Stearn to these facsimiles includes an account of Ray’s career, details of the editions of the Synopsis and of the contributors to it, and other information, such as Latin words indicative of habitat, to aid its use. J. E. Dandy has contributed a revision of the nomenclature of Linnaeus’s Flora Anglica

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Published London: The Ray Society, 1973

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Statement of responsibility: John Ray. Flora Anglica, 1754 & 1759 ; Carl Linnaeus :
ISBN: 0903874008, 9780903874007
Note: Bibliography p89-90. - Index.
Note: 'Synopsis methodica stirpium Britannicarum', 3rd ed., originally published, Londini (London), G. and J. Innys, 1724.
Note: These eds of 'Flora Anglica' originally published, Upsaliae (Uppsala), L.M. Hojer, 1754 and Holmiae, L. Salvius, 1759.
Physical Description: 698p in various pagings,xxiv leaves of plates(1 fold) : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series: Ray Society ; vol.148
Subject: Plants Great Britain Latin Texts Facsimiles; Botany Great Britain.; Plants Great Britain
Added Entry: Flora Anglica, 1754 & 1759

Contents

  1. Flora Anglica / Linnaeus, Carl.