Flowers of the Coast: With a Chapter on Coastal Physiography by J. A. Steers - Ian HepburnLondon: Collins, 1972, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper in a protective mylar cover which is adhered to the edge of the dust wrapper verso, a decent copy otherwise.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs ; Black & white drawings; Glossary;
From the cover: “Few parts of our British islands can compare with our sea coasts as a plant-hunting ground. Not only are many of the species of great beauty, like the thrift or the rare oyster plant, but the communities of the plants, especially on salt marshes and sand-dunes, are of outstanding interest. The scene, moreover, in which this plant wealth is found — the unrivalled coast line of Britain — gives an additional charm and excitement to plant-finding.
The author of this book, Mr. lan Hepburn, teaches Chemistry at Oundle School, but in his spare time he has become one of the leading amateur botanists in the country. He has served for a long period on the Council of the British Ecological Society and has carried out a number of original investigations, notably on the vegetation of cliffs, a zone which the majority of his less intrepid fellow-naturalists have understandably tended to avoid. In this book he treats of sea-coast plants not only as units in the ever-changing vegetation of sand, shingle and rock, but as individuals to be searched for and cherished. A chapter is devoted to a description of the species and their distribution, so that the book will serve not only as an ecological guide to sea-coast vegetation but also as a handbook for the identification and naming of plants themselves.”
Jacket designed by Clifford & Rosemary Ellis. Illustrated by John Markham (Photos.). Size: 8¾" x 6". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the New Naturalist: A Survey of British Natural History series. [XIV] 236 pages.