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R.Hardwicke, 192 Riccadilly, Sep?1.1859.

PLAIN AND EASY ACCOUNT

OF THE

BRITISH FERNS;

TOGETHER WITH

THEIR CLASSIFICATION, ARRANGEMENT OF GENER A,

STRUCTURE, AND FUNCTIONS;

AND

A GLOSSARY OF TECHNICAL AND OTHER TERMS.

EDITED BY

MRS. LANKESTER.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

OXFORD

LONDON:
ROBERT HARDWICKE, 192, PICCADILLY;

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

OD ADVERTISEMENT.

The first edition of this little work was issued in 1854, just at the time when Ferns became the objects of popular taste. In the following year the Plates were added. A second edition, enlarged and rearranged, was published in the autumn of 1855. Since the second edition was printed, there seems to have sprung up a greatly extended demand for popular scientific manuals; and it has been felt that the existing edition was somewhat too methodic and uninviting, and that a more popular edition would be acceptable.

The Author of the work, as it originally stood, being precluded by indisposition from undertaking the task of recoliposing his manual, the Publisher is indebted to the pen of a lady for the present edition. The only portions of the old edition now retained are the title-page and the plates; and he hopes that the public will find in these pages an easy and plain solution to any little difficulty with which they may meet in collecting or cultivating these interesting plants.

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