Bower (1908) The Origin of a Land Flora – Botany


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Bower, F[rederick] O[rpen], Sc.D., F.R.S. The Origin of a Land Flora; a Theory Based Upon the Facts of Alternation. (London: Macmillan and Co. Ltd, 1908)

Octavo. xi, [1], 727, [1] followed by 4 pages of advertisements. Profusely illustrated.  Hardcover. Bound in green cloth-covered boards with two thin and one wide lines blindstamped at top and bottom. Spine cover stamped in gold. Top edge gilt.

Condition: Good. Cover shows signs of water damage, top of spine cover torn. Previous owner’s signature and date stamp on first free end-paper.  Water staining along top edge (worst on first few pages), page xi partially detached with edges darkened and tattered. Remainder of text-block solid.

Provenance: John M[erle] Coulter (November 20, 1851 – December 23, 1928) by signature and date stamp of March 19, 1908 (while he was Professor and head of the department of Botany at the University of Chicago).  “Coulter was an American botanist and educator. In his career in education administration, Coulter is notable for serving as the president of Indiana University and Lake Forest College and the head of the Department of Botany at the University of Chicago” – Wikipedia.  Nine months after the date on this book, Coulter and his wife, along with their children Grace and Merle, survived the sinking of the White Star liner Republic in which six were killed.

“Prof Frederick Orpen Bower FRSE FRS[1] (4 November 1855 – 11 April 1948) was an English botanist. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1891.He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Linnean Society in 1909 and the Darwin Medal of the Royal Society in 1938.  He was president of the British Association in 1929–1930″ – Wikipedia