A revision of the orchid section from the original Sowerby's Botany published in London from 1790 to 1814. The complete work comprised 36 volumes with over 2,500 hand-coloured, engraved plates of all the then known wild flowers in Britain.
This revision of the Orchidaceae section is focused on the most exquisitely detailed restoration of the illustrations. Against which are shown the unaltered Third Edition (1869) texts by John T. Boswell Syme.
A second, new part by Martin J. Halley includes updates of distribution and population with some personal notes and comments from over 35 years of orchid experience. A new index of text and illustrations has been prepared together with a conversion table for the old Latin and common names to their modern equivalents.
A useful reference work and a wonderful volume of the best orchid illustrations from the early 19th Century.