London. "Sold at the Society's Apartments, Burlington House; and by Longmans, Green, Reader, And Dyer, and Williams And Norgate. 1869. 1st Edition. , 659, [1 (blank)] pp. 9" x 5-3/4". Publishers green cloth, decorative blind stamp to upper and lower boards, brown(?) /sunned(?) back strip, gilt lettering to back strip, soft yellow end papers, black ink stain to all edges, text primarily in Latin (introduction in English). A G+/VG copy. Water damage to boards and leaves, this caused soiling, discoloration and wear to boards, edges and corners of boards are a bit frayed, gilt a bit dull, leaves a slightly crinkled due to water damage, water damage to fore-edge of leaves, ink inscription to first paste-down (previous owner?), embossed library stamp to second title page, overall though the text is bright and legible. Item #46473
This volume from the Linnean Society is all about mosses in South America.
The previous owner inscription reads "Skipper Kent 1953". Skipper Kent was a restauranteur in the San Francisco Bay Area, owning Zombie Village in Oakland and Skipper Kent's in San Francisco. These "tiki" inspired restaurants were his pride and joy as he was already and avid collector of Polynesian art and artifacts. Kent was also an avid orchid collector, so we suspect this was in his library at one time, with his interest in botany.
The embossed library stamp comes from the library of Herman Knoche (1870-1945). Knoche was born in San Jose, California and studied botany at Stanford University. He moved to France to further his studies at University of Montpellier; his particular interest was island vegetation.