Oxford and London: John Henry and James Parker, 1863. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Item #27125
vi + 144 + 3 pages of corrections and additions + (1) author publications list + 16 pages of publishers' announcements at back. Illustrated with a tinted folding plate of the Caribbean, specifically of the Hurricane of the Middle of August 1837 and its probable course, and charts. The first edition of his findings regarding climate & its influence on botanical growth by Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny (1795 - 1867) British chemist and botanist. Associated closely with Magdalen College for over 50 years, "...he insisted that Oxford acknowledge the utility and intellectual rigour of chemistry, and its potential to link the sciences. He lectured constantly so as to influence convocation, and enabled his students to make practical experiments....Daubeny's experimental plot, the basis for his rural economy lectures, was purchased and entirely supported by his own funds. He made the botanic garden (as he had renamed the Physic Garden) the leading centre for the study of botanical and vegetable physiology. Following the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, Daubeny gave him strong support...Although not now remembered for his original experimental scientific work, Daubeny published some eighty-one scientific papers... characterized principally by his lifelong zeal for reforming the Oxford University curriculum...argued relentlessly that elementary science was indispensable to a liberal education...spent his life eroding active opposition, passive indifference, and incredulous obstinacy in Oxford. His legacies were his role in founding the museum, the school of natural science, and his influence upon science at Magdalen...." (Nicholas Goddard in the ODNB) Title page with the faint small name-stamp of collector George R. Brush; M.D. in the U.S. Navy; a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894. Volume approx. 5 3/4" x 8 3/4" size; bound in the original light reddish-plum decoratively blind-stamped textured cloth, gilt spine title. Some edge, tips & spine ends wear to the covers, spine cloth dulled, sunned some; a section of the fore-edge text-block bumped a little; final (blank) endpaper bottom edge chipped, lacy; in very good condition.