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A BOTANY FOR INDIA by P.F. Fyson : SPECIES & GENUS : Pollination FLOWERS 1912

A BOTANY FOR INDIA by P.F. Fyson : SPECIES & GENUS : Pollination FLOWERS 1912

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By P.F. Fyson

Published by The Christian Literature Society for India (Madras Branch), London, Madras and Colombo, 1912. First Edition. 'Specimen' copy stamp to the title page. Hardback book, 8vo, pp xiii, 421, plus 10 pages of Index. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece and with many b&w drawings.

A good copy. The cloth binding is good but has some light markings to the boards (see images). All contents present and pages good throughout. Endpapers a little grubby. No names or writing to the book. Overall a good copy of this scarce first edition.

Philip Furley Fyson
(1877–1947) was a botanist and educator who worked in India. He is noted as the author of the first illustrated volumes on the flora of the South Indian hills. The Fyson prize is instituted in his honour by the Presidency College, Chennai for work in the area of Natural science.

Fyson was born in Japan to British missionary parents and his early education was in Scotland. He earned a first class in the Natural Science tripos at Cambridge and in 1904 he moved to Madras in South India to join the Presidency College of Madras.

From 1906, he took great interest in the botany of the hills and spent time in the Sacred Heart College at Shembaganur, near Kodaikanal, working along with Fr. E. Gombert, on the local botany. In 1910 some 30 amateur women naturalists in the Kodaikanal and Ooty area were illustrating the local flora under the guidance of Lady Bourne. Sir Alfred Gibbs Bourne and Lady Bourne were interested in the botany of these hills and approached him for adding information on these plants. This led him to study the local flora and the Kew collections.
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