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Britten & Holland’s Dictionary

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James Britten and Robert Holland’s Dictionary of English Plant-names is a frequented cited work on this website, and was an important, but unacknowledged, source of plant-names in Geoffrey Grigson’s Englishman’s Flora, first published in 1955. Published by the English Dialect Society, the Dictionary was produced in three parts, and the dates of publication of these parts is recorded in Britten’s writing in his copy of the Dictionary, now in the Botany Library of the Natural History Museum, London:
Part 1, pp.1-196, 1878.
Part 2, pp. 197-364, 1880 (on wrapper 1879)
Part 3, pp. 365- 1886 (on wrapper 1884).
This copy originally contained Britten’s book-plate, but unfortunately this was lost when it it was rebound and repaired. A description of it can be found in A.R. Vickery, James Britten: A founder member of the Folklore Society, Folklore 89: 71-74, 1978. (1978).

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