Stopes, Marie C. | Ancient Plants

  • First edition of this popular account of ancient plants.

    Stopes’ first career was as a palaeontologist. She earned her bachelor’s degree at University College London 1905 and her doctorate at Munich in 1909. “She published her first paper on a fossil plant in 1903, and for the next twenty years palaeobotany was her major interest. Stopes became a lecturer in palaeobotany at Manchester University, the first woman on the scientific staff, In 1907 she went to Japan to spend two years collecting fossil plants in the less frequented parts of the country... When she returned to Manchester, she a published a popular account entitled Ancient Plants” (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 1242).

    Stopes later did fieldwork in the United States and Canada, confirming the identities and ages of the continent’s Carboniferous flora, and she also studied coal, coal balls, and the plants they contained. Her most important paleontological publication was a two-volume catalog of the Cretaceous Flora in the British Museum. “She described the petrified woods form the British Lower Greensand. They were important because although they were the earliest angiosperms known from northwest Europe, they were essentially modern apparently confirming the sudden rise of the flowering plants early in the Cretaceous” (Ogilvie).

  • ...Being a Simple Account of the Past Vegetation of the Earth and of the Recent Important Discoveries Made in This Realm of Nature Study. London: Blackie & Son, Limited, 1910.

    Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. Frontispiece, illustrations from photographs and diagrams throughout the text. Spine rolled and tanned, cloth rubbed and darkened, endpapers browned, occasional light spots to contents. Very good condition.