London: John Murray, 1847. Second edition expanded. Fortune was a Scottish born plant collector who traveled to China under the aegis of the London Horticultural Society, to search for blue flowering peonies, peaches and tea plants.
In a second journey to China for the East India Company he shipped more than 20,000 tea plants and tea seedlings to India, thus establishing the Indian tea industry. The second edition is important due to its appendix, which is entitled "Method of Transmitting Plants from one country to another by sea in "Ward's Cases" and its additional text on tea.
8vo, 420pp, ads (xxxii), b&w frontispiece, b&w illus throughout. All edges marbled. Bookplate of Lady Ibbetson. Three quarter dark brown leather and marbled boards. Gilt title and ornamentation at spine. OCLC: 3026801. Very good condition. Item #23953