Notes of a Naturalist in South America.London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1887 Stock Code: 111224
First edition, presentation copy to the author's college, Christ's College, Cambridge, with the presentation bookplate to the front pastedown. The Dublin-born John Ball (1818-1889) was a politician, naturalist, and Alpine traveller. After leaving Cambridge he travelled in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe, contributing papers on botany and the Swiss glaciers to scientific periodicals. In 1855 he was made under-secretary for the colonies, a post which he held for two years. At the colonial office he had great influence in furthering the cause of natural science, particularly in connection with equipment of the Palliser Expedition in Canada (for his efforts, the Ball Range in the Canadian Rockies was named after him), and with William Jackson Hooker's efforts to obtain a systematic knowledge of the colonial floras. He was first president of the Alpine Club (founded 1857). He travelled with Darwin's great friend Joseph Dalton Hooker in Morocco in 1871 and corresponded with Darwin, particularly on Alpine flowers.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, decorative rules in black at head and tail of boards and spine, dark brown endpapers.
With college library blindstamps, library labels removed from pastedowns on de-acquisition (see below), else a very good copy.
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