Massee, George. | British Fungi
First edition and a very attractive copy.
George Massee (1845-1917) was a prominent mycologist. He was keeper of the Lower Cryptograms at Kew Gardens and one of the founders of the British Mycological Society, of which he served as president. Massee wrote many books and articles for both scientific and popular audiences, and he described numerous new species of fungi, though a lack of type specimens means that a significant proportion have been relegated to uncertain status. Massee’s daughter Ivy was also a talented mycologist who did field work and painted plants. She contributed the forty colour plates illustrating this guide (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science p. 851).
...With a Chapter on Lichens. With Forty Coloured Plates by Ivy Massee. London: George Routledge and Sons, Limited, .
Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and mushroom design to upper board gilt. 40 coloured plates, illustrations from photographs within the text. Small bumps to the edge of the upper board, the joint, and the lower corner, a little light spotting to the endpapers. An excellent, fresh copy, the gilt bright.