Lot 926: Hooker, William

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Lot 926: Hooker William: (1785-1865) English Botanist, Director Of The Royal Botanic Gardens At Kew 1841-65. A.L.S., W. J. Hooker, Three Pages, 4To, London, 27Th April 1825, To Baron De Lessert. Hooker Thanks His Correspondent For Their Letter And Some Books And Further Expresses His Regret At Not Having Seen De Lessert Before Leaving Paris To Thank Him Personally 'For The Valuable Specimens Of Plants With Which You Have Enriched By Herbarium'. Hooker Continues To State That He Writes To Introduce 'My Valued Friend Sir Alexander Johnstone, Who Resided A Long Time In Ceylon As Chief Judge Of The Supreme Court', Adding 'He Is Much Attached To The Study Of Natural History As Well As To Various Branches Of Literature; & During His Visit To Paris I Am Very Anxious That He Should Be Permitted To Enjoy The Pleasure Of Your Society & Of Your Conversation'. In Concluding Hooker Remarks 'Soon After I Arrive In Glasgow I Shall Seek An Opportunity Of Sending You A Parcel Which Will Contain Some More Plates, In 4To, Of My Exotic Flora & Which Will Terminate The 2Nd Vol.' Vg. ?100-150 Jules-Paul-Benjamin De Lessert (1773-1847) French Industrialist, Financier & Philanthropist. Hooker Is Particularly Remembered For Founding The Herbarium At Kew, Which Became Of Worldwide Renown Among Botanists And Received Large And Valuable Additions From All Parts Of The Globe, As Illustrated By The Present Letter, And Hooker'S Standing As A Botanist Was Thus Vastly Improved. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £100-150
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