Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants Volume 6

Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...may be easily remembered by connecting them with the most peculiar or extraordinary plant which they contain; and the properties of the genera compiling them may likewise be impressed upon the mind in a similar manner, by associating them with the species in which they are most perceptible. Considering the universal, nay instinctive, love of natural order which exists among mankind, it is really astonishing that any attempts should be made to check the progress of a botanical system, of which that is the most remarkable recommendation. What would be thought of a valuable narrative, the events of which were connected only by the similarity of one or two of their features, without any regard to the period of their occurrence, or their relative position towards each other? We may reasonably infer that every person of sense would discard and contemn it; while the individual who undertook and accomplished its proper arrangement, would be regarded with respect and honour. Analogous to this, was the classification of Linnams. The greater part of the plants composing his) Orders have no real relation to each other, while the Classes are of course still more heterogeneous. How, therefore, the obloquy that has been heaped on those who have defended, elucidated, and improved the system of Jussieu, can be reconciled with the rational feelings of mankind generally, we are at a loss to divine. It is certain that future ages, at least, will appreciate their labours, and we cannot but hope that the present will evince a greater disposition to avail themselves of their results. After the declaration we have already made, that the study of structural botany must precede any efforts to compass the Natural system, our object in the future attempts we may make more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678834
  • 9781236678836