The 1857, third edition of the 'Popular History of British Seaweeds containing their structure, fructification, specific characters, arrangement, and general distribution, with notices of some of the Fresh Water Algae.' by the Rev. D. Landsborough, A.L.S.
Firstly, let me start by saying that the cover and illustrations look much better than my photographs...except for the spine which is very faded and shows wear at top and bottom. The front cover is loose, but not detached from the rest of the book. The corners are bumped.
So, now that all the negatives are up front, the basic description follows. This is a 400 page book with 20 full page hand coloured illustrations and two black and white. The dimensions are 6.5 x 5 x 1.5 inches. It has/had decorative gilt-blocking to the spine with a gilt-stamped motif to the front panel which is bright and clean. The spine has not been rebacked. The binding is tight throughout. The front cover looks near perfect in tone to the naked eye but the camera sees everything differently. The book is in clean and excellent condition except for the aforementioned. There is no foxing. On the inside there is a handwritten inscription "to Mr. Algernon Goddard with Mrs. Wriyghtson's love March 19th 1868". The date makes me wonder about the publication date but who knows. It also has a stamp of a later owner Dr. N.J. Tower.
As usual, thank you for looking.