Women and Science

Gifford, Isabella | The Marine Botanist; an Introduction to the Study of the British Sea-Weeds

  • Third edition of this nicely illustrated work, an unusually attractive copy.

    Gifford “lived much of her life in Falmouth and then in Minehead, Somerset. She wrote a book on marine botanists in 1848 and contributed plants, primarily specimens of seaweed, to the Somerset Archaeological Society. Sensitive to the conribution of other women botanists, she memorialised Elizabeth Warren in 1865 for her zealous and careful collections. She corresponded with the Glasgow professor of botany G. A. Walker Arnott and her letters are included in his correspondence in the British Museum of Natural History. One of her papers appeared in the Journal of Botany in 1871. Her plants are at the Taunton Museum. She is memorialised by the algae genus Giffordia Batt” (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 501).

  • ...Containing Descriptions of all the Species, and the Best Method of Preserving Them. Third Edition. Greatly Improved and Enlarged, with Illustrations Printed in Oil Colours by W. Dickes. Brighton & London: R. Folthorp, Longman and Co., 1853.

    Octavo. Original green cloth blocked in blind with a ivy-leaf border, title to spine gilt, yellow coated endpapers. Westley’s & Co. binder’s ticket to rear pastedown. Errata leaf. 8-page publisher’s catalogue at rear. Chromolithographic frontispiece and 5 plates, 6 lithographic plates. Spine a little tanned and spotted, cloth lightly rubbed at extremities with a couple of small worn spots at the ends of the spine, light spotting to the edges of the text block, occasional small spots to the plates. Very good condition.