Lindley, John & Hutton, William: The Fossil Flora of Great Britain: or Figures and Descriptions of the Vegetable Remains Found in a Fossil State in this Country: 3 Vols. 1st ed. London, James Ridgeway, 1831-1837. Octavo, pp. Vol. 1; li, x, 218, [v] - index, 79 plates; Vol. 2; xxviii, 208 - incl. index, plates 80-156; Vol. 3, part 1; 142, plates 157-203, Volume 3 part two which contains 27 plates is not present.
The set (lacking vol. 3, part 2) is in the original green calf over cloth boards with gilt ruled borders on boards, gilt ruled spine panels and gilt titles, marbled text block edges, later black end sheets. Binding is rubbed, text is clean with light foxing to the plates caused by the acidic nature of the plate tissue guards. In very good condition.
John Lindley (1799 - 1865) was an English botanist. He was employed early in his career as the assistant librarian to Sir Joseph Banks. In 1822 he became the Assistant Secretary to the Royal Horticultural Society and from 1829 to 1860 he was first Professor of Botany at the University of London and lecturer in botany to the Apothecaries’ Company (1836). He then became a Professor of Botany at Cambridge University. His Report to Treasury and Parliament in 1838 led to the preservation of the Royal Garden at Kew. He described the plants of Mitchell's expeditions to Australia (1838) and an Appendix to the Botanical Register (1839) described plants of the Swan River Colony, Western Australia. His pioneering three-volume work of palaeobotany of England, was first published between 1831 and 1837. The work catalogues almost 300 species of fossil plants from the Pleistocene to the Carboniferous period. The geologist and paleontologist William Hutton (1797-1860), was responsible for collecting the fossil specimens on which the plates were based.