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[Plant-education] Free online botany books

David R. Hershey via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by dh321 At excite.com)
Tue Nov 14 20:45:11 EST 2006

Several book scanning projects provide online copies of old botany
books including Missouri Botanic Garden, Cornell Libraries and Google

1. The Rare Books from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library

Has several dozen mainly taxonomic botany books, many with spectacular
color plates and two classic treatises on plant anatomy and plant

Nehemiah Grew 1682. The Anatomy of Plants.
Stephen Hales 1727. Vegetable Staticks.

2. The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture

Contains over 1,800 agricultural and botany books from 1800 to 1979. A
few examples,

Alfred Rehder 1927. Manual of Cultivated Trees and Shrubs Hardy in
North America
Ellison Hawks 1928. Pioneers of Plant Study
Edward Irving Farrington 1931. Ernest H. Wilson; Plant Hunter
Wilfred William Robbins 1933. Plants Useful to Man
Fritz Went 1937. Phytohormones
Walter E. Loomis 1937. Methods in Plant Physiology; A Laboratory Manual
and Research Handbook
Herman Eliot Hayward 1938. The Structure of Economic Plants
Bernard Meyer 1939. Plant Physiology; A Textbook for Colleges and
Alden Springer Crafts 1949. Water in the Physiology of Plants

3. The USDA has copies of two recent forest tree handbooks:
Russell Burns and Barbara Honkala. 1990. Silvics of North America:
Volume 1, Conifers and Volume 2, Hardwoods.

4. Books.google.com has several dozen old botany books but they are not
listed together as for the first two collections. I searched using the
terms plant, flora, tree, botany, plant physiology, plant anatomy,
horticulture and found many dozen books. Some might be of interest to
botany teachers or students, especially the first three. A sampling is
listed below:

Theophrastus Enquiry Into Plants (1916 translation by Arthur Hort)
Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward 1842. On the Growth of Plants in Closely Glazed
William Francis Ganong 1910. The Teaching Botanist: A Manual of
Information Upon Botanical Instruction
Thomas Nuttall 1827. An Introduction to Systematic and Physiological
John Lindley  1832. An Introduction to Botany
Asa Gray 1857. First Lessons in Botany and Vegetable Physiology
Asa Gray 1880. Gray's Lessons in Botany and Vegetable Physiology:
Charles Edwin Bessey 1881. Botany for High Schools and Colleges
Julius Sachs 1882. Text-book of Botany, Morphological and Physiological
Eduard Adolf Strasburger 1887. Handbook of Practical Botany for the
Botanical Laboratory and Private Student
Liberty Hyde Bailey 1904. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture
Joseph Y. Bergen, Bradley M.  Davis 1905. Principles of Botany
Ludwig Jost 1907. Lectures on Plant Physiology
Nathaniel Lord Britton and Addison Brown 1913. An Illustrated Flora of
the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions:
William Chase Stevens 1916. Plant Anatomy from the Standpoint of the
Development and Functions of the Tissues

5.  The following listings include additional online volumes:

ebooks: Botany

eBooks: Plant Biology

David R. Hershey

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