Cookies on oxfam

We use cookies to ensure that you have the best experience on our website. If you continue browsing, we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all our cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more Close

  • Grows vegetables
  • Fills classrooms
  • Drills wells
  • Empowers women
  • Fights poverty

John Ray's Cambridge catalogue (1660)

£24.99

Product description

John Ray is considered the outstanding British natural historian of the 17th century. His first publication, A catalogue of plants growing around Cambridge (1660) is famous as the first British County Flora. It is a complex work, not only a botanical catalogue but also has for the benefit of beginners indexes of English names and of places (with lists of the rarer species of 12 areas in the county) together with chapters on the meanings of plant names and of botanical terms (hitherto untranslated). Ray's abilities as an all-round naturalist are apparent from the numerous observations and digressions in the text. This book includes a complete translation from the Latin of the work together with the rare appendices to the Catalogue, published in 1663 and 1685, translated for the first time. The editorial commentary on the text is included in nearly 2000 footnotes which outline problems of translation, discuss the identity of some of Ray's more problematic species, identify his cited and some of his uncited sources and detail the treatment in his later works of some of the plant variants (such as colour forms) that he regarded as species in 1660. The translation is preceded by introductory chapters which use unpublished manuscripts and recently published studies to present a new account of Ray's time in the University of Cambridge and the possible roles of his collaborators. The work's structure and sources are analysed, biographical portraits of the botanists cited by Ray provided together with a discussion of the problems of equating his names to modern taxa. The book ends with a vocabulary of the epithets in Ray's Latin plant names, a gazetteer and a bibliography. As Professor Oliver Rackham comments in his foreword, other editions and commentaries on the 'Cambridge Catalogue' exist but none does justice to its complexity, its discursiveness, its allusiveness, the circumstances of its writing, its vast bibliography or Ray's other works associated with it as appendices or supplements . Ewen and Lewis' 1975 translation was limited to the text considered relevant to a 'modern reader' and excluded, for example, the chapters on technical terms and on etymology preventing a full assessment of Ray's work. The authors both live in Cambridge and are Honorary Members of the Botanical Society of the British Isles and graduates of the University of Cambridge. Philip Oswald has a degree in Classics and Theology and Chris Preston a doctorate in Botany, thus combining John Ray's principal interes

This book is in as new/very good condition in a very good unclipped dust wrapper. No inscriptions or marks. Not ex-library

Item details

Added value:
Very good unclipped dust wrapper.
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
24x17cms WEIGHT 1.5kgs including packaging.
Edition:
2011
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0903874431
ISBN-13:
9780903874434
Number of pages:
612
Publisher:
Ray Society
Title:
John Ray's Cambridge Catalogue (1660.)

Standard UK Delivery £3.95 per order

Delivery FAQs

Free returns

within 21 days.
Returns policy

About this item

John Ray is considered the outstanding British natural historian of the 17th century. His first publication, A catalogue of plants growing around Cambridge (1660) is famous as the first British County Flora. It is a complex work, not only a botanical catalogue but also has for the benefit of beginners indexes of English names and of places (with lists of the rarer species of 12 areas in the county) together with chapters on the meanings of plant names and of botanical terms (hitherto untranslated). Ray's abilities as an all-round naturalist are apparent from the numerous observations and digressions in the text. This book includes a complete translation from the Latin of the work together with the rare appendices to the Catalogue, published in 1663 and 1685, translated for the first time. The editorial commentary on the text is included in nearly 2000 footnotes which outline problems of translation, discuss the identity of some of Ray's more problematic species, identify his cited and some of his uncited sources and detail the treatment in his later works of some of the plant variants (such as colour forms) that he regarded as species in 1660. The translation is preceded by introductory chapters which use unpublished manuscripts and recently published studies to present a new account of Ray's time in the University of Cambridge and the possible roles of his collaborators. The work's structure and sources are analysed, biographical portraits of the botanists cited by Ray provided together with a discussion of the problems of equating his names to modern taxa. The book ends with a vocabulary of the epithets in Ray's Latin plant names, a gazetteer and a bibliography. As Professor Oliver Rackham comments in his foreword, other editions and commentaries on the 'Cambridge Catalogue' exist but none does justice to its complexity, its discursiveness, its allusiveness, the circumstances of its writing, its vast bibliography or Ray's other works associated with it as appendices or supplements . Ewen and Lewis' 1975 translation was limited to the text considered relevant to a 'modern reader' and excluded, for example, the chapters on technical terms and on etymology preventing a full assessment of Ray's work. The authors both live in Cambridge and are Honorary Members of the Botanical Society of the British Isles and graduates of the University of Cambridge. Philip Oswald has a degree in Classics and Theology and Chris Preston a doctorate in Botany, thus combining John Ray's principal interes

This book is in as new/very good condition in a very good unclipped dust wrapper. No inscriptions or marks. Not ex-library

Added value:
Very good unclipped dust wrapper.
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
24x17cms WEIGHT 1.5kgs including packaging.
Edition:
2011
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0903874431
ISBN-13:
9780903874434
Number of pages:
612
Publisher:
Ray Society
Title:
John Ray's Cambridge Catalogue (1660.)

Delivery & returns

This item will be dispatched to UK addresses via second class post within 2 working days of receipt of your order. Standard UK delivery is Standard UK delivery is £3.95 per order, so you're only charged once no matter how many items you have in your basket. . Any additional courier charges will be applied at checkout as they vary depending on delivery address.

You can find out more about delivery and returns in our help section.

We offer a no quibble returns policy as follows:

Wedding dresses: 14 days

Overseas returns: 31 days

Everything else: 21 days



Volunteer listed

Wonder how this unique item ended up online?

Most of the second-hand items you see online have been donated, by supporters like you, to our high street stores. Each item is then priced, photographed and listed on this site by our amazing team of volunteers from across the country.

After you have bought your item, our team of volunteers package and dispatch it from the Shop straight to you or your chosen recipient.

All profits from the sales of our goods go towards funding Oxfam's work around the world. We rely on your donations to sell online so please keep the cycle of goodness going!

To find out more about volunteering with Oxfam, please visit our how to volunteer page.

Oxfam Bookshop Cardiff

Situated in the heart of Cardiff at 36 St Mary Street, the Oxfam Bookshop sells a range of pre-owned books in great condition, along with Fairtrade food/gifts/everyday products, DVDs, music CDs and collectible stamps.

View Shop