with an introductionand a key to the natural orders,
C. Pierpoint Johnson
to which is now added
Containing 180 figures of lately discovered
By John W. Salter, A.L.S., F.G.S. and the
FERNS, HORSETAILS, AND CLUB-MOSSES
By JOHN E. SOWERBY
LONDON: JOHN VAN VOORST, PATERNOSTER ROW
It is not the object of the present work to teach the science of Botany, or even to furnish a treatise upon the natural history and
classification of the flowering plants of the British island. The first, like all other branches of natural knowledge, is an abstruse
and complicated study, to which there is not 'royal road', and the pursuit of which, however pleasing, involves the diligent perusal
of many volumes, with close and unremitting attention to that Great One whose pages lie ever open before us : the last, though
a less comprehensive subject, would demand far more space for its elucidation than can be accorded to it here. Intended merely as a
volume of reference for the field-botanist, the country resident or summer rambler, when works of more pretension are not an hand,
our book can comprise little more descriptive matter than is absolutely necesary, with the assistance of the plates, to identify each plant.
Those who are desirous of acquiring an intimate knowledge of the structure and affinities of the vegetable kingdom we must
refer to the compendious teatrise of Lindley, Balfour and others; while the student of the British Flora will find detailed descriptions
of each species, and most of the information that has been accumulated on the subject, in the 'English Botany' and other
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