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Re: Keith Mortimer Books

Post by Colin Walker » Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:29 pm

Hi Derek,

Glad you enjoyed your trip to Maggs.

The Annals of the Bolus Herbarium was indeed a good buy. As you say, this includes quite a lot on succulents. Have you noticed yet that the genus Pagella (now included in Crassula) and what is now Poellnitzia rubriflora are both described and illustrated for the first time in this work? If I recall correctly, the colour plates are unfortunately mainly orchids.

I agree with you re. item 107 the original Burchell "Travels". Like you I paid about that price for the 1953 reprint. This is famous 'cos it includes the first description of a Lithops.

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Re: Keith Mortimer Books

Post by Apicra » Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:20 pm

Dear Colin,

Another bibliographic question, this time about the unusual German serial publication "Kakteen" by Krainz. It was issued in parts over many years, which one was meant to sort in ring binders into systematic order (like the UK Lamb's Plates). A friend who bought the Mortimer set is asking how you can tell if a set is complete? Did Urs Eggli produce an index?

I noticed the bizarre Pagella, but haven't seen Poellnitzia yet. Still reading ...

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Re: Keith Mortimer Books

Post by Phil_SK » Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:26 pm

Maybe don't tell your friend but....
.... it's available online here. You could compare.
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Re: Keith Mortimer Books

Post by Colin Walker » Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:47 am

Hi Derek,

The Krainz "Die Kakteen" was issued in 63 parts (Lieferung).

It seems from the catalogue that Keith's set has been organised systematically, so it will be time consuming to check its completeness. Whatever, at ?25 your friend has a bargain. This usually sells for ?200-300 when complete.

Yes, Urs Eggli did issue an index. That may be part of the online version.

Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to scan the 2,000 odd pages!

The description of Apicra rubriflora is in:
Ann. Bol. Herb., 3(1): 13-14, plate IId, 1920.

The plate is unfortunately uncoloured.



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Re: Krainz Die kakteen

Post by Colin Walker » Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:26 am

Hi,

I've had a quick look at the online version. This is indeed arranged alphabetically. There's an "index" in the introductory section.

I had my set bound as issued, i.e. Lieferungen 1-63. With hindsight this may have been a mistake!!

This is a very important work with lots of new descriptions, e.g. the genus Buiningia.

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Re: Keith Mortimer Books

Post by Apicra » Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:28 pm

Thanks folks! I'd already forgotten about that online copy, mainly because my dial-up link can't cope reasonably with files that big!

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Re: Keith Mortimer Books

Post by David_K » Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:59 pm

ALL journals leave the mailing house to Royal Mail over 1 or 2 days and most Journals are received within a week of mailing. What happened with Mortimers Books is inexplicable. The mailing was complete from the mailing house and into Royal Mail's hands by October 31st. The items were sorted at the mailing house into mailing regions and by postcode in the same way as the Journal. I know of members near me with similar postcodes who had received their copies by Friday Nov. 3rd. but my own copy did not arrive until Wednesday 15th by which time most of interest had already been sold. This delay was totally down to Royal Mail and I can get no reasonable explanation from them. The Mailing of Mortimer's used a slightly lower priority service (we did not arrange and wern't paying for it) than the Journal but that is no excuse for such delays.

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