A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.
Jane Loudon (1807-58), the Mrs Beeton of the Victorian gardening world, wrote several popular books on horticulture and botany specifically for women. Her enthusiasm for plants and gardening was encouraged by her husband, the landscape designer John Claudius Loudon, whom she married in 1830. Her Instructions in Gardening for Ladies (also reissued in this series) was enormously successful, and she followed it up in 1842 with Botany for Ladies on botany, in which she uses the natural system of classification. The 'grand object' of the work is 'to enable my readers to find out the name of a plant when they see it ...or, if they hear or read the name ...to make that name intelligible to them'. She takes her readers through the botanical orders, using a familiar plant as an exemplar for each, and then presents de Candolle's systematic description of plant species.
Part I: Introduction
1. The order Ranunculaceae
2. The order Leguminosae
3. The order Rosaceae
4. The order Onagraceae
5. The order Rubiaceae
6. The order Compositae
7. The order Ericaceae
8. The order Oleaceae
9. The order Solanaceae
10. The order Urticaceae
11. The catkin-bearing trees
12. The cone-bearing trees
Part II. Synopsis of the Natural System, According to Professor De Candolle: Introduction
1. Phanerogamous plants, Dicotyledoneae, I
2. Phanerogamous plants, Dicotyledoneae, II
3. Phanerogamous plants, Monocotyledoneae
4. Cryptogamous plants
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