This beautiful book (title still available in paperback form) was originally published in 1953, and represents a lifetime's study of the wild flowers of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
The author is not known to have produced any further volumes, but was evidently well-known to the 'powers-that-be' in Colombo when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Ceylon in 1954, as her book was selected as suitable for presentation to the Queen. Only one other copy of that presentation volume was apparently produced, and this is that copy.
The book is contained within a wooden slipcase covered in beige cloth, somewhat faded on the exterior, but lined with a decorative paper. The book itself is beautifully bound in dark purple/maroon leather (faded on the spine to brown), with a gilt line border, gilt panels, title etc to the spine, and an inset graphic in coloured leather on the front cover - an outline of the island itself, with 2 red trumpet flowers - all outlined with gilt. All page edges are gilded, and the cover edges have a gilt decoration. Internally, there are silk covers to the endpapers, and on the half-title page, a photograph of the actual presentation volume given to Her Majesty. On the flyleaf, a scripted statement by the binder confirms this to be the only other copy bound in this format. Internally, the book is immaculate, the binding tight, all pages clean and bright, and all illustrations (pasted at top edge only) present. Curiously, the index mentions 4 pages of botanical names, which do not appear in this volume.