The miscellaneous botanical works of Robert Brown/Volume 2
This volume is issued to the Subscribers to the Ray Society for
the Year 1867.
ROBERT BROWN, ESQ., D.C.L., F.R.S.,
FOREIGN ASSOCIATE OF THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE
INSTITUTE OF FRANCE, ETC., ETC., ETC.
III. SYSTEMATIC MEMOIRS.
IV. CONTRIBUTIONS TO SYSTEMATIC WORKS.
PUBLISHED FOR THE RAY SOCIETY BY
ROBERT HARDWICKE, 192, PICCADILLY.
PRINTED BY J. E. ADLARD,
PREFACE TO THE SECOND VOLUME.
(BY THE EDITOR.)
The present volume contains, as announced in the Preface to the first, the Systematic Memoirs and Miscellaneous Descriptions of Plants; and to these have been added a number of short contributions to different publications, together with notices of the assistance acknowledged to have been afforded by the Author to various writers, wherever the nature of the assistance is distinctly pointed out.
In Pritzel's 'Thesaurus Literaturæ Botanicæ,' p. 35, at the end of the enumeration of Mr. Brown's works, it is stated, "Robertus Brown dedit præterea descriptiones ultimi (an etiam tertii?) Fasciculi Plantarum Cryptogamicarum Dicksonianarum, necnon eas tertii voluminis Plant. Coromand. Roxburghii, et curavit Editionem alteram Horti Kewensis a classe XII ad XXIV." To all the works here mentioned there is no doubt that Mr. Brown contributed valuable assistance, but of different kinds and in different degrees. The fourth fasciculus of Dickson's 'Plantæ Cryptogamicæ,' but not, I believe, the third, was largely indebted to him; but it would be difficult, if not impossible, to determine what portions of the text were actually furnished by him. To the publication of the third volume of Roxburgh's 'Coromandel Plants' he gave a general superintendence, but in dealing with the text confined himself to slight verbal corrections. One generic name, that of Gynocardia, was substituted by him for the barbarous name, Chaulmoogra, adopted by Roxburgh, and this alteration has met with general acquiescence. On the portion of the second edition of the 'Hortus Kewensis' printed after the death of Dryander, in 1810, he bestowed the same attention which had been devoted by Dryander to the earlier portion, and by Solander to the first edition, adding largely to the elucidation of certain Families and Genera. These contributions will be found extracted in the present volume.
In the list of Mr. Brown's works given by Pritzel there occur two: "No. 1365†, Of three species of the natural order Orchideæ, Lond. 1817, 4, 8 pp. 2 tab. col.;" and No. 1366†, Select Orchideæ, ib. 4, 2 pp." both extracted from 'The Journal of Science and the Arts,' which do not properly belong to Mr. Brown, but formed part of a series of papers on Cape Orchideæ, by Mr. Bellenden Ker. These, of course, have not been admitted into the present edition.
I have only, in addition, to return my best thanks to my friends, Mr. Carruthers, and the Rev. W. W. Newbould, for much valuable assistance in reading and comparing the proof-sheets; and to Mr. Carruthers, in particular, for the preparation of the elaborate Index of Names of Plants appended to the present volume.
November 30th, 1867.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO SYSTEMATIC WORKS.
Genera et Species quædam Plantarum Leguminosarum, quæ in Horto Kewensi coluntur
Genera et Species quædam Plantarum Myrtacearum, quæ in Horto Kewensi coluntur
Genera et Species Plantarum Orchidearum, quæ in Horto Kewensi coluntur
Genera et Species Plantarum e variis Familiis, quæ in Horto Kewensi coluntur