The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 1670 - 1970, 1970.
FLETCHER Harold R. & BROWN William H.
Edinburgh, H.M.S.O. 1970. 1st Edition 8vo 250 x 165mm 309pp with b/w frontispiece, 41 b/w illustrations and 2 fold-out plans. Hardcover in protected dust jacket in as new condition. As unfolded by the authors of this informative and well-documented volume the story of Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden becomes more than the story of an old foundation which now celebrates its tercentenary. It tells of the lives of a long line of botanists, eleven Professors in all, from the difficult and turbulent days of James Sutherland down to the more spacious time of William Wright Smith, all of them engaged in botanical teaching, and all of them with varying accents, expounding the science of botany in College and University and in the field excursion. It tells also of the progress of botany during three centuries; of the exploration of the Scottish flora; of the work and careers of notable gardeners; and of the art and science of gardening itself. Bookseller Inventory # 002008