Kingston, Jamaica: Government Printing Establishment, 1891. Octavo, printed title wrapper, title, preface. Early quarter calf, substantial wear particularly to top and bottom spine, signatures of 'Julie Adele Livingston, July 2nd 1904 Kingston, Jamaica' on title and top margin of page 5, some browning confined to text, lacking back wrapper. EXTRA ILLUSTRATED with 74 original watercolours of locally grown Jamaican flora, fruit and vegetables mainly edible varieties, all named and some annotated, neatly tipped in. Impressed monogram of Duncan Harris on title page and margins of some watercolours.
William Fawcett (1851-1926) was a British botanist who became Director of Public Gardens and Plantations in Jamaica from 1887 to 1908. He returned to Britain and in conjunction with Alfred Barton Rendle produced Flora of Jamaica. He also wrote other books on the botany of Jamaica including a book on the Banana and its cultivation.
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