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Flowers of Mayo

Edited by Charles Nelson

Illustrated by Wendy F. Walsh

NELSON, Charles [Editor] & WALSH, Wendy F. [Illustrator] Flowers of Mayo. Dr. Patrick Browne's Fasciculus Plantarum Hiberniae 1788. With fifteen specially commissioned watercolours and other illustrations by Wendy Walsh. Dublin, by Éamonn de Búrca for Edmund Burke Publisher, 1995. Pages, xiv, 275, 4. 4to. Qtr. goatskin on hand-made paper. Superb in slipcase. Limited edition of 150 copies, numbered and signed by the editor, illustrator and publisher.

This treasure contains an authoritative biographical essay by Dr. Nelson about the Mayo botanist Dr. Patrick Browne (c.1720-1790), and the full text of Browne's hitherto unpublished flora of Ireland accompanied by modern annotations and botanical notes by Dr. Nelson. Fifteen specially commissioned full-colour botanical portraits and other illustrations by Wendy Walsh, of flowers and plants associated with Browne's Mayo studies embellish the book: each illustration has a landscape background depicting Mayo localities, including Ballintubber Abbey, Castle Bourke, Crossboyne Parish Church, Croagh Patrick, etc. Transcriptions and translations of Dr. Patrick Browne's correspondence with the eminent Swedish naturalist, Dr. Carl Linnaeus, and transcriptions of Browne's little-known catalogues of Irish birds and fishes form the appendices. Nothing has been spared in the design and production of this volume, which we can describe with confidence as one of the finest Irish publications for decades.

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