(10) TURRILL, W.B:
Title British Plant Life (The New Naturalist No. 10 ).
Publisher Collins. London. 1948 1st edition
Seller ID 77772
Tall 8vo. In green cloth covers with gilt to spine. With dustwrapper. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; spine slightly rubbed at ends, with small tear head of spine. Foxing spots to rear. Not price clipped). Covers part faded, with light soiling two top corners. Mild foxing to edges. Else a clean and tight copy. 315pp. With 53 colour & 27 b/w plates; 8 maps and 2 diagrams. Dustwrapper design by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis of primrose at base of tree. “The British flora can be regarded as an offshoot of that of the European continent. Geographical position and geographical history has, however, resulted in distinct peculiarities, [as well as] modifications produced by the last great Ice Age. How much was destroyed and how much survived this catastrophe is discussed by Dr. Turrill. The various routes of migration are traced as far as possible and the changes in climate and the advent of man are shown to have led to profound alterations in the flora.” Still essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the nature of the British environment and its flora.
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