Scott, Dukinfield Henry | An Introduction to Structural Botany (Flowering Plants)

  • First edition of this introductory guide to botany which is rare outside of institutions.

    Dukinfield Henry Scott ( ) was an Oxford-educated palaeobotanist who made significant contributions the study of Palaeozoic plants.

    “In addition to research papers, Scott published books on broader lines, such as Studies in Fossil Botany (1900) and Extinct Plants and Problems of Evolution (1924). He also wrote an elementary textbook, An Introduction to Structural Botany (1894; 14th edn, 1948). All Scott's books were atypical for the period, avoiding dogmatic statement, and stressing what remains unknown as much as what is known. In everything he wrote Scott's attitude towards his problems was orientated to the Darwinian and phylogenetic outlook of his period; he stated explicitly in 1900 that 'the ultimate object of morphological inquiry is to build up the genealogical tree of the organic world'. Nevertheless, after a quarter of a century's further work, his modest conclusion was that 'we know a good deal about extinct plants, but not enough, as yet, to throw much light on the problems of their evolution'. Despite this modesty, Scott was outstanding as a structural palaeobotanist. His flair for divining the ‘build’ of a plant, his clear and succinct mode of presentation, his balanced judgement, and his readiness to sacrifice cherished ideas as soon as the evidence was shown to weigh against them combined to endow his work with lasting life” (ODNB).

  • ...With 113 Figures. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1894.

    Octavo. Original dark green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, black coated endpapers. 4 page publisher’s ad at rear. Bookplate of the University of Cambridge Local Lectures Library, with cancellation stamp. “Catalogued” ink stamp tot he half title. Partial, contemporary shelf label to spine. Spine cocked, some bumps and knocks to the boards, some spots and marks to the rubbed cloth, contents shaken. A good copy.