On the Eaves of the World. Reginald Farrer.
On the Eaves of the World
On the Eaves of the World

On the Eaves of the World.

London: Edward Arnold & Co, 1926.

Second Impression. 64 plates, folding map. xii, 311; viii, 328pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Original blue cloth. Bookplate of Innisfree. Fine Yakushi F17. Item #314158

'From April 1914 Farrer spent two years with William Purdom, a Kew-trained gardener, in Kangsu, north-west China, and in Tibet, collecting specimens and seeds, despite the lawlessness of the area. He had a narrow escape from drowning after a 20 ft fall from a rickety bridge. Arguably the most exciting of their finds were Gentiana farreri, 'which burned in the alpine turf like an incandescent turquoise', and the winter-flowering guelder-rose, Viburnum farreri; but others, like Geranium farreri, Aster farreri, and Clematis macropetala, can also be found today in specialist nurseries. On his return Farrer described his expedition in the flamboyant On the Eaves of the World.' (DNB).

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