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possessed the finest herbarium of ferns, and, thanks to Mr John Smith, the best collection of ferns in cultivation in the world. The names of travellers and botanists to whom he acknowledges obligations fill a page and a half of his preface. When Sir W. Hooker died, his son, Dr. Hooker, requested Mr. J. G. Baker to carry it out, possessing as he did full access to the specimens, and being supplied with Sir William's notes and annotations. The result is the publication of such a work as the author designed-a vade mecum for the students, cultivators, and collectors of ferns."-Atheneum.

Ferns, British and Foreign.

Their History, Organography, Classification, Nomenclature, and
Culture, with Directions showing which are the best adapted for
the Hothouse, Greenhouse, Open Air Fernery, or Wardian Case.
With an Index of Genera, Species, and Synonyms. By JOHN
SMITH, A.L.S., late Curator of the Royal Gardens, Kew. With

250 Woodcuts. Crown 8vo. cloth, fully illustrated, price 6s. Mr. Smith is acknowledged to be one of the first authorities on Ferns, having been engaged nearly half a century in arranging them at Kew.

The Fern Collector's Album.

A descriptive Folio for the reception of Natural Specimens ; containing on the right-hand page a description of each Fern printed in colours, the opposite page being left blank for the collector to affix the dried specimen ; forming, when filled, an elegant and complete collection of this interesting family of plants. Handsomely bound, price One Guinea, size 11% in. by 8] in. A Large Edition, size 174 in. by 11 in., without descriptive Letterpress, One Guinea.

The British Ferns.

(A Plain and Easy Account of). Together with their Classification, Arrangement of Genera, Structure, and Functions, directions for out-door and in-door Cultivation, &c. By Mrs. LANKESTER.

Fully illustrated, price 43. coloured by hand ; 2s. 6d. plain. “Not only plain and easy, but elegantly illustrated.”– Atheneum.

The Flora of Middlesex.

A Topographical and Historical Account of the Plants found in the
Connty ; with Sketches of its Physical Geography and Climate,
and of the progress of Middlesex Botany during the last three
Centuries. By HENRY TRIMEN, M.B. (Lond.), F.L.S., Botanical
Department, British Museum, and Lecturer on Botany, St. Mary's
Hospital ; and WILLIAM T. THISTELTON DYER, B.A., late Junior
Student, Christ's Church, Oxford ; Professor of Natural History,
Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. With a Map of Botanical
Districts. Crown 8vo, cloth, price 12s. 6d.

The object of this book is to give a complete and accurate catalogue of the plants which have at any time been recorded to grow i natives or in a more or less completely naturalized state; to indicate the special localities where they have been found, and to trace the history of their discovery. The existence of many of these is attested only by records in scarce or littleknown books, or by the original specimens preserved in old collections.

“A carefully and conscientiously compiled volume.... The authors have done their best to render it complete and useful to botanists. The biographical and historical notes and the diligent research displayed amongst scarce publications and British Museum manuscripts, render it manifest that the authors have been engaged in a labour of love, and in a sympathetic record of the scientific diligence of not a few unremembered but most devoted botanists...."- Atheneum.

"So many tastes and interests are catered for in this volume, that our authors are sure to get full meed of praise and thanks from all sorts and descriptions of plant-lovers, and we too are happy to aid in the general chorus."- Gardeners' Chronicle.

The London Catalogue of British Plants.

Published under the direction of the London Botanical Exchange Club, adapted for marking Desiderata in Exchanges of Specimens; for an Index Catalogue to British Herbaria ; for Indicating the Species of Local Districts ; and for a Guide to Collectors, by showing the rarity or frequency of the several species. Second Edition, 8vo. sewed, price 6d.

Wild Flowers worth Notice.

A Selection from the British Flora of some of our Native Plants which are most attractive for their Beauty, Uses, or Associations. By Mrs. LANKESTER. Illustrated by J. E. SOWERBY. Fcp. 8vo.

cloth, coloured by hand, price 4s. “We could while away a long summer day talking of the pleasant things sug. gested by this little book. Although all intelligent persons cannot become bota. nists, not to know the wild flowers of our country is to be ignorant both of our country and ourselves. And this little book will, as a pocket companion during holiday rambles-the descriptions and plates being both good-destroy this ignorance in reference to at least a hundred plants. After mastering it, the student will be not a little astounded at his own learning, when he surveys it in the syste. matic chapter of contents."- Athenaum.

Microscopic Fungi.

(Rust, Smut, Mildew, and Mould). An Introduction to the Study of Microscopic Fungi. By M. C. COOKE, Author of “The British Fungi.” Fcap. 8vo. nearly 300 coloured Figures. 2nd Edition, with Appendix of New Species, price 6s.

" There is a thoroughness about Mr. Cooke's writings which always makes his communications welcome. He is not content to gather information from cyclo. pædias, classify and adapt, and then give a new form to the thoughts of others. On the contrary, he strikes out a new course of study, and after a laborious course of analysis, produces an entirely original work, one on which nothing

"he kind had been before attempted."-Wesleyan Times.

The British Fungi.

(A Plain and Easy Account of). With especial reference to the Esculent and other Economic Species. By M. C. COOKE. New and revised Edition, with Coloured Plates of 40 Species. Fcp.

price 6s. “A very readable volume upon the lowest and least generally understood race of plants. For popular purposes the book could not have been better done."Atheneum.

Mushrooms and Toadstools:

How to Distinguish easily the Difference between Edible and Poisonous Fungi ; with two large sheets, containing Figures of 29 Edible and 31 Poisonous Species, drawn the natural size, and coloured from living specimens. By WORTHINGTON G. SMITH, F.L.S., &c. In sheets, with book, price 6s. ; on canvas in cloth case for pocket, 10s. 6d. ; on canvas, with rollers and varnished,

for hanging up, 10s. 6d. “Before the appearance of Mr. Smith's book scarcely more than three or four kinds were freely accepted by prudent cooks. We have now before us the list of esculent mushrooms recommended, nay, warranted by Mr. Smith, of all of which he and his friends have freely partaken, with the most satisfactory results, and many of which are far more delicious in flavour and toothsome in substance than the meadow and horse mushrooms, generally known as the mushrooms of commerce."-Pall Mall Gazette.

The British Reptiles.

A Plain and Easy Account of the Lizards, Snakes, Newts, Toads,
Frogs, and Tortoises indigenous to Great Britain. By M. C.
COOKE, Author of “The British Fungi,” &c. Fcap. 8vo. cloth,
fully illustrated, 4s. plain ; 6s. coloured.

British Mollusks;

Or, Slugs and Snails, Land and Fresh-water. A Plain and Easy Account of the Land and Fresh-water Mollusks of Great Britain, containing Descriptions, Figures, and a Familiar Account of the Habits of each Species. By RALPH TATE, F.R.G.S. Fcap. 8vo. cloth, fully illustrated, 4s. plain ; 65. coloured.

Schleiden's Principles of Scientific Botany.

Or, Botany as an Inductive Science. Translated by Dr. LAN-
KESTER. Hundreds of Woodcuts, and 6 pages of Figures, beauti-

fully engraved on Steel. Demy 8vo. price 10s. 6d. Every Botanical Library should possess this work, as it contains the principles upon which all structural botany is based.

A Manual of Structural Botany.

By M. C. COOKE. New Edition, with Chemical Notation. Illus

trated by more than 200 Woodcuts, price 1s.; bound, 18. 6d. “Condensed yet clear, comprehensive but brief.”Globe.

“ We are confidently able to recommend the little volume to public favour, its very low price bringing it within the range of all purchasers."- Era. A Manual of Botanic Terms.

By M.C. COOKE. New Edition. Greatly enlarged and including the recent Teratological terms. With more than 300 illustrations.

Fcp. 8vo. cloth, price 2s. 6d. “We do not hesitate to say that by a careful nuse of this book a sound know. ledge of the theoretical portion of botany may be obtained without tedious labour."--Mining Journal, The Collector's Handy-Book of Algæ, Diatoms,

Desmids, Fungi, Lichens, Mosses, c.
With Instructions for their Preparation and the Formation of an
Herbarium. Translated and Edited by the Rev. W. W. SPICER,

M.A. With 114 Illustrations. Fcp. 8vo. cloth, price. 2s.6d. “The publisher of this work well deserves the thanks of all amateur naturalists, and especially of those who have not an unlimited amount of money to expend on their favourite pursuits. The practical hints for collecting, mounting, and preserving, are so varied and abundant that the collector can desire no better vade mecum."- Naturalists' Circular. Economic Products from the Vegetable Kingdom.

Arranged under their respective Natural Orders, with the Names of the Plants, and their parts used in each case. Demy 8vo.

price 1s. 6d. Collection Catalogue for Naturalists.

A Ruled Book for keeping a permanent record of Objects in any branch of Natural History, with Appendix for recording interesting particulars, and lettered pages for general Index. Strongly bound, 200 pages, 7s. 6d. ; 300 pages, 10s.; and 28. 6d. extra for

every additional 100 pages. Working Catalogues, 1s. 6d. each. A really good catalogue, upon a simple and inexpensive plan, has long been a desideratum with naturalists and collectors. Few will originate or prepare a catalogue for themselves, and it is a frequent matter of regret, that large and otherwise valuable collections are rendered comparatively useless for want of such a history. Again, how many naturalists pass through life, enriched with knowledge gleaned from Nature's inexhaustible store, but whose knowledge, alas! dies with them, for they leave behind them no record with their collections. This catalogue commends itself to all naturalists, whether they be ornithologists, entomologists, botanists, conchologists, or mineralogists.

In addition to the ruled and printed form of catalogue, there is a ruled and paged appendix, and an Index lettered and ruled. The appendix is intended to receive such notes and observations as are too long to be recorded in the column for remarks; and the index at the end of the work is intended to furnish an easy means of reference to the contents of the Catalogue.

Botanical Labels,

(A Series of.) For labelling Herbaria adapted to the names in the London Catalogue of Plants and the Manuals of Professor Babington and Dr. Hooker, with extra labels for all new species and varieties recorded in the recent volumes of the Journal of Botany, and the Exchange Club Reports. By JOHN E. ROBSON. With Index. In all 3576 labels, like specimen. Complete, Price 5s.

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The Preparation and Mounting of Microscopic

Objects. By Thomas DAVIES. Fcp. cloth, price 28. 6d. This manual comprises all the most approved methods of mounting, together with the result of the Author's experience and that of many of his friends in every department of Microscopic Manipulation; and as it is intended to assist the be. ginner as well as the advanced student, the very rudiments of the art have not been omitted.

"Nothing is more difficult to those who handle a microscope for the first time than to get their objects in a fit state for exhibition and preparation. They will, therefore, feel greatly indebted to Mr. Davies for a little book on The Preparation and Mounting of Microscopic Objects. It is clear, full, and practical ; and it soon reveals to the careful student the valuable fact that a great deal may be done with very simple appliances. We recommend it to young microscopists as a book which supplies a felt deficiency."'-Guardian. Half-Hours with the Microscope.

By EDWIN LANKESTER, M.D., F.R.S. Illustrated by 250 Drawings from Nature by TUFFEN WEST.

Half an hour on Structure. | Half an hour at the Pond-side.
Half an hour in the Garden. Half an hour at the Sea-side.
Half an hour in the Country. I Half an hour In-doors.

Appendix.-The Preparation and Mounting of Objects.
Third Edition, much enlarged, with full description of the various

parts of the. Instrument, price 2s. 6d. plain ; 48. coloured. “The beautiful little volume before us cannot be otherwise than welcome. It is, in fact, a very complete manual for the amateur microscopist.... The HalfHours' are filled with clear and agreeable descriptions, whilst eight plates, executed with the most beautiful minuteness and sharpness, exhibit no less than 250 objects with the utmost attainable distinctness."-Critic.

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