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Van der Walt, J.J.A., and P.J. Vorster, with Ellaphie Ward-Hilhorst (illustrator)

Pelargoniums of Southern Africa [3 volumes]

Published: Purnell, Juta, National Botanic Gardens, Cape Town, 1977, 1981, 1988

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All three volumes of this celebrated series. 4to; original boards; laminated pictorial dustwrappers; pp. xv + 50 + [50] + [xvi-xix]; xii + 148 + (ii) + [xiii-xvii]; xiii + (i) + 148 + (i) + [xiv-xxvi]; full-colour plates; line drawings; maps. Dustwrappers of first and second volumes very slightly edgeworn; earlier owner's closed tear to top edge of lower panel in first volume; dustwrapper of third volume a little tanned; occasional fox spot. Very good condition.

In all, 150 species are described and illustrated. "The nomenclatural exposition of each species is followed by a formal diagnostic description of the plant. These descriptions are detailed and straightforward, with limited use of technical terms. Areas of distribution are discussed, together with notes on historical backgrounds and cultivation. Growth requirements have been personally studied by the authors and in most cases the plants have been grown and observed in the Botanic Garden at the University of Stellenbosch. Each species is accompanied by a magnificent watercolour painting by Ellaphie Ward-Hilhorst, who must rank among the top botanical artists in the country. There are also pencil habit sketches drawn superbly well by this renowned artist. In some instances this is the first time that these plants have been reproduced in colour anywhere." - From the foreword to the third volume.

  • Jacket Condition: Very good
  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 4to volumes
  • Sold By: Christison Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Lindsay Christison
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 041 371 4844
  • Preferred Payment Methods: EFT, Paypal
  • Trade Associations: SABDA, IOBA


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