This 2001 book provides a selective annotated bibliography of the principal floras and related works of inventory for vascular plants. The second edition was completely updated and expanded to take into account the substantial literature of the late twentieth century, and features a more fully developed review of the history of floristic documentation. The works covered are principally specialist publications such as floras, checklists, distribution atlases, systematic iconographies and enumerations or catalogues, although a relatively few more popularly oriented books are also included. The Guide is organised in ten geographical divisions, with these successively divided into regions and units, each of which is prefaced with a historical review of floristic studies. In addition to the bibliography, the book includes general chapters on botanical bibliography, the history of floras, and general principles and current trends, plus an appendix on bibliographic searching, a lexicon of serial abbreviations, and author and geographical indexes.
Excerpt from Geographical Guide to Floras of the World, an Annotated List With Special Reference to Useful Plants and Common Plant Names, Vol. 1: Africa, Australia, North America, South America, and Islands of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans The part of this list now published, covering all the world except Europe and Asia and the islands closely associated with them (namely, those north Of 40° north latitude in the Atlantic Ocean and north Of 30° north latitude in the Pacific), includes about primary titles and 428 subsidiary titles (supplements, reviews, etc., as well as the few works listed as not available for examination). At least as many more papers have been examined and rejected as not fulfilling the promise Of their titles. The list is based in the first instance on the classified subject catalog Of botany in the library of the United States Department of Agriculture, begun in 1906 under the direction Of the late Dr. Frederick V. Coville by Marjorie F. Warner and Alice C. Atwood, and continued by them and their assistants. This catalog provides a fairly complete index to the systematic and economic publications of the world for the last third of a century, as well as to much of the earlier literature. Practically all the pertinent works on the shelves Of the libraries Of the Gray Herbarium, the Arnold Arboretum, and the New York Botanical Garden have been examined independently by one Of the authors, and the titles given in the bibliographies Of the papers cited in the present list have been checked. The geographically arranged lists in the Bradley Bibliography,4 the Catalogue Of the Li brary Of the Arnold Arboretum (vol. And the publications Of the Lloyd Library 5 have also been utilized, as well as Bay's Bibliographies Of Botany.6 Certain series Of periodicals have been gone through, but no complete examination Of the botanical periodicals of the world has been attempted, nor have the unclassified catalogs Of the libraries Of the Kew Herbarium and the British Museum been searched, al though they would, no doubt, provide some additional items. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.