Veitch's Manual of the Coniferae

KENT, Adolphus H. Veitch's Manual of the Coniferae.

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KENT, Adolphus H. Veitch's Manual of the Coniferae. James Veitch & Sons, Ltd. 1900.

8vo. Original brown cloth, gilt vignettes and black stamped borders to sides, gilt lettering to spine; pp. 562 + [i], illustrated throughout; very good. Provenance: verso of title page with ownership inscription of W.V. Legge (1841-1918), the Australian soldier and ornithologist most famous for his magisterial History of the Birds of Ceylon. Also included is a letter to Legge from the Department of Agriculture in Tasmania in response to what was clearly a rather terse previous exchange on the precise taxonomy of the Douglas Fir: " In deference to the tenor of your marginal note on the Douglas Fir...Douglas fir is scientifically neither a fir nor a spruce…".
Second edition of the Veitch nursery's manual to conifers, greatly enlarged by Kent.