Journal for Excursion to Syria and Palestine 1860.
Botany, Fauna, Folra, Near East Travels, Cedars, Mount Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Joseph Dalton Hooker, Greece, Ionian Islands
131 pp. figures, profusley illustrated in drawings, watercolours, 1 plan, index. Introduced by Bruce Ingham & Badr El-Hage. Copy in mint condition new.
This work is printed for the first time from a manuscript by Hooker. The journey is undoubtly the first scientific research to have been carried on the Cedar Grove of Mount Lebanon. Although research into the botany of Syria started as early as 1575 with the German scholar Leonard Rauwolf. The mapping of the grove which was carried out by Captain Mansell, the beautiful watercolours and drawings by Hooker and Hambury together with the massive quantities of data and several conclusions that Hooker reached during this journey made this research a landmark in understanding the history of one of the oldest known trees in Syria, as well as in formulating significant theories of the geographical distribution of plants in Syrian land.