Part I

Outline of Organography, Anatomy, and Physiology.

Part II

Descriptions and Illustrations of the Orders. By Emm Le Maout and J. Decaisne. With 5500 figures, by Sternheil and A. Eiocreux. Translated from the original French, by Mrs Hooker. The Orders arranged after the methods followed in the Universities and Schools of Great Britain, its Colonies, America, and India. "With Additions, an Appendix on the Natural Method, and a Synopsis of the Orders. By J. D. Hooker, C.B., etc, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

This magnificent volume cannot be over-praised. It is altogether, in its design and execution, a botanical work of the highest order, and one which must be indispensable to every student of descriptive and analytical botany. The outline of organography, anatomy, and physiology is a reproduction of the 'Atlas Elementaire de la Botanique,' edited some years ago by one of the authors, and favourably received by scientific botanists. This, however, was comparatively brief, and devoted to European orders. In the present work nearly all exotic orders have been added; and consequently it illustrates all the types known of the vegetable kingdom, with detailed descriptions of their uses and affinities. From this it will be seen that it must be a most valuable work to students of botany. The classification of the orders commences with the most highly organised, and concludes with the families of the lowest organisation. The illustrative analyses are founded, we are told, on materials accumulated during upwards of thirty years. The series of engravings with which the work is illustrated is wonderfully rich, and truthfully and beautifully executed. Taken as a whole, this is a work of great value, and one which can scarcely be too highly recommended.

Though it exteuds to over 1000 pages, it is yet of convenient size; and paper, printing, engraving, and binding are worthy of so splendid a work.