kfranken2 at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 19 23:25:03 EST 1998
Hello everyone -
I am a college student looking for illustrated (black and white and/or
color),up-to-date book(s) on the flora of the US. I recently looked
through the book: "An Illusttrated Flora of the Northern United States
and Canada" (3 volumes) by Britton and Brown (Dover publishing, 1970). I
was impressed by the amount of information contained in the book, along
with the illustrations. However, after looking at a review of the book
at amazon.com, I am reconsidering whether to purchase the book myself.
The review follows:
"Reprint of 1913 edition with "wrong names"-- save your money
Save your pennies for a copy of the 1952 edition
(out of print) from a used book dealer. The 1913 edition uses
a set of names known as "American Code" that
botanists haven't used since the 1950's; the services of a
professional taxonomist is practically required to
update the changes, and few people will know what you're
talking about if you use an "American Code" name
for a plant. The 1952 edition updates all of that, and
includes quite a few more species. In my opinion,
Dover did a real disservice to botany by reissuing the 1913
edition. Kay Lancaster (plant taxonomist)"
Does anyone know of this book that can help me determine whether it is
worth purchasing? Are there many inaccuracies in the book? What other
books similar to this one would you recommend I look at?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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