CBHL Homepage

Resources on Botany, Horticulture, and Natural History Literature:
Core Literature Project

Contact -  Become a member -  Ask a plant librarian 

 Plant Libraries -  Publishers and Booksellers -  Resources -  Events  

About CBHL
Services &
Annual Meetings
Annual Literature
For members only

Historical Monographs in Botanical Sciences 1860 -1969

The following list of botanical titles important to American botany were gathered and evaluated in the Core Historical Literature Project at Mann Library, Cornell University. The citation analysis and evaluation by 30 botanists had many exclusions in subject scope within botany. This list covers these subjects areas fairly well: Physiology, general botanical works, genetics and hybridization, ecology and the environment, anatomy, geobotany and geography, evolution, morphology, cytology, history, paleobotany, pathology, climate, biochemistry, exploration and closely related subjects.

Specific exclusions of importance were agricultural crops as related to botany, general biology, botanical manuals (local, regional or national), works of historical giants in botany (e.g. de Candolle, Hooker, Mendel), works about specific diseases and plants below the phyla level, and all taxonomic literature.

This list can serve as the basis for preservation work within the subjects it analyzed and evaluated, with major concern for American imprints.

Evaluated Historical Monographs in the Botanical Sciences, 1860 -1969

1    Alexopoulos, Constantine J. Introductory Mycology. New York; Wiley, 1952. 482p. (3d ed. by Constantine J. Alexopoulos and Charles W. Mims. New York; Wiley, 1979. 632p.)

1    Alston, Ralph Eugene, and B. L. Turner. Biochemical Systematics. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1963. 404p.

1    Anderson, Edgar. Introgressive Hybridization. New York; J. Wiley, and London; Chapman & Hall, 1949. 109p. (Reprint. New York; Hafner Pub. Co., 1968. 109p.)

2    Andrews, Henry N. Jr. Ancient Plants and the World They Lived in. Ithaca, NY; Comstock Publishing Co., 1947. 279p.

1    Andrews, Henry N. Jr. Studies in Paleobotany. With a Chapter on Palynology by Charles. J. Felix. New York; Wiley, 1961. 487p.

1    Arber, Agnes. Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution, A Chapter in the History of Botany, 1470-1670. Cambridge, Eng.; Cambridge University Press, 1912. 253p. (2d ed., 1938. 325p.; 3d ed. is reprint of 1938 ed. with new introduction and annotations by William T. Stearn. Cambridge, Eng. and New York; Cambridge University Press, 1986. 358p.)

1    Arber, Agnes R. Monocotyledons: A Morphological Study. Cambridge, Eng.; Cambridge University Press, 1925. 258p. (Reprint. Weinheim, Germany; J. Cramer and New York; Hafner Pub. Co., 1961. 258p.)

1    Arber, Agnes R. The Natural Philosophy of Plant Form. Cambridge, Mass.; Cambridge University Press, 1950. 246p. (Reprint. Darien, Conn.; Hafner Pub. Co., 1970. 246p.).

1    Arber, Agnes R. Water Plants; A Study of Aquatic Angiosperms. Cambridge, Eng.; Cambridge University Press, 1920. 436p. (Reprint. Weinheim; J. Cramer, and New York; Hafner Pub. Co., 1963. 436p.)


This list shows, alphabetically by author, all titles ranked 1st or 2nd in importance.

This Page Authors:

A -  B -  C - 

Second Page Authors:

D -  E -  F -  G - 

Third Page Authors:

H -  I / J -  K -  L - 

Fourth Page Authors:

M -  N / O -  P / R - 

Fifth Page Authors:

S -  T / V -  W / Z   

2    Arbois de Jubainville, Alexandre d'. Les Maladies des Plantes Cultivées, des Arbres Fruitiers et Forestiers, Produites par le Sol - l'Atmosphère - les Parasites-Végétaux, etc., d'aprs les Travaux de Tulasne, de Bary, Berkeley, Hartig, Sorauer, etc. Paris; J. Rothschild, 1878. 328p.

1    Arldt, Theodor. Die Entwicklung der Kontinente und Ihrer Lebewelt, ein Beitrag zur Vergleichenden Erdgeschichte. Leipzig; W. Engelmann, 1907. 729p. (2d rev. ed., Berlin; Gebrüder Borntraeger, 1936-. Issued in parts.)

1    Arnold, Chester A. An Introduction to Paleobotany. New York; McGraw-Hill, 1947. 433p.

2    Ashby, Maurice. Introduction to Plant Ecology. London; Macmillan, and New York; St. Martin's Press, 1961. 249p. (2d ed., 1969. 287p.)

1    Atkinson, George F. Relation of Plants to Environment (or Plant Ecology). Outlines of a Course of Lectures Delivered in the Summer School of Cornell University 1903 and 1904. Ithaca, N.Y.; The Author, 1904. 67p.

2    Axelrod, Daniel. Studies in Late Tertiary Paleobotany. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1950. 323 (Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication no. 590)

Top of the page

1    Bailey, Irving W. Contributions to Plant Anatomy. Waltham, Mass.; Chronica Botanica Co., 1954. 259p.

2    Baillon, Henri Ernst, et al. Dictionnaire de Botanique. Paris; Hachette, 1876-1892. 4 vols.

1    Baillon, Henry Ernst. The Natural History of Plants. Translated by Marcus M. Hartog. London; L. Reeve & Co., 1871-1888. 8 vols. (Orig. published as Histoire des Plantes. Paris; Librairie Hachette, 1867-95. 13 vols. of which only the first 8 were translated.)

2    Bainbridge, Richard, G. Clifford Evans, and Oliver Rackham, eds. Light as an Ecological Factor; A Symposium of the British Ecological Society, Cambridge, 30th March - 1 April 1965. New York; Wiley, and Oxford; Blackwell Scientific, 1966. 452p. (Symposium - British Ecological Society 6)

1    Baker, H. G. and G. Ledyard Stebbins, eds. The Genetics of Colonizing Species: Proceedings of the First International Union of Biological Sciences Symposia on General Biology, Asilomar, Calif., 1964. New York; Academic Press, 1965. 588p.

2    Baker, John N. L. A History of Geographical Discovery and Exploration. London; G. G. Harrap, 1931. 543p. (New ed., 1948. 552p.; Reprint. New York; Cooper Square Publishers, 1967. 552p.)

2    Banks, Harlan P. Evolution and Plants of the Past. Belmont, Calif.; Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1970. 170p.

2    Barger, George. Ergot and Ergotism; A Monograph Based on the Dohme Lectures Delivered in Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. London; Gurney and Jackson, 1931. 279p.

1    Barton, Lela V. Seed Preservation and Longevity. London; L. Hill, and New York; Interscience Publishers, 1961. 216p.

2    Bassham, James Alan, and M. Calvin. The Path of Carbon in Photosynthesis. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1957. 104p.

2    Bateson, B., ed. William Bateson, Naturalist; his Essays and Addresses, Together With a Short Account of his Life, by Beatrice Bateson. Cambridge, Eng.; Cambridge University Press, 1928. 473p.

2    Bedevian, A. K. Illustrated Polyglottic Dictionary of Plant Names in Latin, Arabic, Armenian, English, French, German, Italian, and Turkish Languages, Including Economic, Medicinal, Poisonous and Ornamental Plants, and Common Weeds. Cairo; Argus and Papazian Press, 1936. 455p.

2    Bentley, R. A Manual of Botany: Including the Structure, Classification, Properties, Uses, and Functions of Plants. 4th ed. London; J. E. A. Churchill, 1882. 870p. (1st ed. 1861)

1    Berlyn, Graeme P. and Jerome P. Miksche. Botanical Microtechnique and Cytochemistry. Ames, Iowa; Iowa State University Press, 1976. 326p.

1    Bernard, Claude. Lectures on the Phenomena of Life Common to Animals and Plants. Translated by Hebbel E. Hoff, Roger Guillemin, and Lucienne Guillemin. Springfield, Ill.; Thomas, 1974-. [2 vols.?] (Original publ. as: Leçons sur les Phénomènes de la Vie Communs aux Animaux et aux Végètaux, edited by M. Dastre. Paris; J. B. Baillière et fils, 1878-1879. 2 vols.; 2nd ed. of vol. 1, 1885; Reprint of vol. 1, 1885 ed., Paris; J. Vrin, 1966. 404p.) (1878-1879 French ed. available in Microform).

1    Bessey, C. E. The Essentials of Botany. New York; H. Holt, 1884. 292p. (8th ed. by Charles E. Bessey and Ernest A. Bessey. New York; H. Holt & Co., 1914. 409p.)

1    Bessey, Ernst A. A Text-Book of Mycology. Philadelphia; P. Blakiston's Son & Co., 1935. 495p.

1    Bierhorst, David W. Morphology of Vascular Plants. New York; Macmillan, 1971. 560p.

1    Bold, Harold Charles. Morphology of Plants. New York; Harper, 1957. 669p. (5th ed. with title: Morphology of Plants and Fungi. New York; Harper & Row, 1987. 912p.)

1    Bonner, James F. Plant Biochemistry. New York; Academic Press, 1950. 537p. (3d ed., 1976. 925p.).

1    Bose, Jagadis Chunder. Researches on Irritability of Plants. London and New York; Longmans, Green and Co., 1913. 376p.

2    Bourcart, Emmanuel. Insecticides, Fungicides, and Weedkillers: A Practical Manual on the Diseases of Plants and Their Remedies, for the Use of Manufacturing Chemists, Agriculturalists, Aboriculturists and Horticulturists. Translated, revised and adapted to British standards and practice by Donald Grant. London; Scott, Greenwood, & Son, 1913. 431p. (Original publ. as: Les Maladies des Plantes. Leur Traitement Raisonné et Efficace en Agriculture et en Horticulture. Paris; O. Doin et Fils, 1910. 655p.) (2d Engl. ed. revised and enlarged by Thomas R. Burton. London; Scott, Greenwood & Son, and New York; D. Van Nostrand, 1925. 431p.; Reissued, London; E. Benn, 1926. 431p.)

1    Boureau, Edouard. Anatomie Végétale, l'Appareil Végétatif des Phanérogames. Paris; Presses Universitaires de France, 1954-57. 3 vols.

1    Boureau, Edouard. Traité de Paléobotanique. Paris; Masson et Cie, 1964-1975. 4 vols. in 5 (Vol. 4 by H. N. Andrews, et al.; ed. by E. Boureau).

1    Boveri, Theodor. Ergebnisse Über die Konstitution der Chromatischen Substanz des Zellkerns. Jena, Germany; G. Fischer, 1904. 130p.

1    Bower, F. O. The Botany of the Living Plant. London; Macmillan & Co., 1919. 580p. (4th ed. by F. O. Bower and C. W. Wardlaw. London; Macmillan and Co., 1947. 699p.).

1    Bower, F. O. The Origin of a Land Flora, A Theory Based Upon the Facts of Alternation. London; Macmillan and Co., 1908. 727p.

1    Bower, F. O. Primitive Land Plants, Also Known as the Archegoniatae. London; Macmillan and Co., 1935. 658p. (Reprint. New York; Hafner, 1959. 658p.)

2    Bower, F. O. Size and Form in Plants with Special Reference to the Primary Conducting Tracts. London; Macmillan and Company, 1930. 232p.

1    Bower, F. O. Studies in the Morphology of Spore-Producing Members. London; K. Paul, Trench and Trubner, 1894-1903. 5 vols.

1    Brachet, Jean and Alfred E. Mirsky, ed. The Cell: Biochemistry, Physiology, Morphology. New York; Academic Press, 1959-64. 6 vols.

1    Braun, Armin Charles and Tom Stonier. Morphology and Physiology of Plant Tumors. Vienna; Springer-Verlag, 1958. 93p. (Protoplasmatologia X/5a)

1    Braun-Blanquet, Josias. Plant Sociology: The Study of Plant Communities; Authorized English translation of Pflanzensoziologie, translated, rev. and edited by George D. Fuller and Henry S. Conard. New York and London; McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1932. 439p. (Photoreprinted, New York; Hafner Pub., Co., 1972.) (Original publ. as Pflanzensoziologie; Grundzüge Vegetationskunde. Berlin; J. Springer, 1928. 330p.)

1    Bretschneider, Emil M. D. A History of European Botanical Discoveries in China. London; S. Low, Marston and Co., 1898. 2 vols. (Reprint. Leipzig; Zentral-Antiquariat der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, 1962. 2 vols.)
1    Briggs, David and S. M. Walters. Plant Variation and Evolution. London; Weidenfeld & Nicholson, and New York; McGraw-Hill, 1969. 256p. (2d ed., Cambridge, Eng. and New York; Cambridge University Press, 1984. 412p.; Reprinted with corrections, 1986. 412p.)

2    Briggs, G. E. Electrolytes and Plant Cells. Philadelphia; F. A. Davis, 1961. 217p. (U.K. ed. by G. E. Briggs, A. B. Hope, and R. W. Robertson. Oxford; Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1961. 217p.)

1    Britten, James and G. R. Boulger. A Biographical Index of British and Irish Botanists. London; West, Newman & Co., 1893. 188p. (3rd ed. with title: Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists: Including Plant Collectors and Botanical Artists, by Ray Desmond. London; Taylor & Francis, 1977. 747p.)

2    Brookhaven National Laboratory. Diversity and Stability in Ecological Systems; Report of a Symposium Held May 26-28, 1969. Upton, N.Y.; Biology Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1969. 264p. (Brookhaven Symposia in Biology no. 22)

2    Brookhaven National Laboratory. Evolution of Genetic Systems. Upton, N.Y.; Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1972. 580p. (Brookhaven Symposia in Biology no. 23)

2    Brookhaven National Laboratory. Genetics in Plant Breeding; Report of Symposium held May 21 to 23, 1956. Upton, N.Y.; Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1956. 236p. (Brookhaven Symposia in Biology no. 9)

2    Brookhaven National Laboratory. Meristems and Differentiation: Report of a Symposium Held June 3-5, 1963. Upton, N.Y.; Biology Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1964. 240p. (Brookhaven Symposia in Biology no. 16)

2    Brookhaven National Laboratory. Structure and Function of Genetic Elements; Report of Symposim held June 1-3, 1959. Upton, N.Y.; Brookhaven National Laboratory, Biology Department, 1959. 187p. (Brookhaven Symposia in Biology no. 12)

2    Brookhaven National Laboratory. Mutation: Report of Symposium held June 1955. Upton, New York; Biology Dept., Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1956. 231p. (Brookhaven Symposia in Biology no. 8)

2    Bulloch, W. The History of Bacteriology. London; Oxford University Press, 1938. 422p. (Reprint. New York; Dover Publications, 1979. 422p.).

1    Bunning, Erwin. Entwicklungs- und Bewegungsphysiologie der Pflanze. Berlin; Springer, 1948. 464p. (In part a revision of v. 2 of Lehrbuch der Pflanzenphysiologie, with title: Die Physiologie des Wachstums und der Bewegungen. Berlin; J. Springer, 1939. 267p.) (3d ed., 1953. 539p.)

2    Buvat, Roger. Plant Cells: An Introduction to Plant Protoplasm. Translated by Harold Oldroyd. New York; McGraw-Hill, 1969. 255p. (Original publ. as: La Cellule Vegetale. Paris; Hachette, 1969. 255p.)

Top of the page

1    Cain, Stanley A. Foundations of Plant Geography. New York; Harper, 1944. 556p.

2    Calvin, Melvin and J. A. Bassham. The Photosynthesis of Carbon Compounds. New York; W. A. Benjamin, 1962. 127p.

2    Campbell, Douglas H. The Evolution of the Land Plants (Embrophyta). Stanford, Calif.; Stanford University Press, 1940. 731p.

2    Campbell, Douglas H. An Outline of Plant Geography. New York; Macmillan Co., 1926. 392p.

2    Campbell, Douglas H. The Structure and Development of Mosses and Ferns (Archegoniatae). New York; Macmillan, 1895. 544p. (3d rev. ed., 1930. 708p.)

1    Cannon, William A. The Root Habits of Desert Plants. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1911. 96p. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Pub. 131)

1    Carlquist, Sherwin John. Comparative Plant Anatomy; A Guide to Taxonomic and Evolutionary Application of Anatomical Data in Angiosperms. New York; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961. 146p.

1    Chamberlain, Charles J. Gymnosperms: Structure and Evolution. Chicago, Ill.; University of Chicago Press, 1935. 484p. (Reprint Chicago, Ill.; University of Chicago Press and New York; Johnson Reprint, 1961.)

1    Chamberlain, Charles J. The Living Cycads. Chicago, Ill.; University of Chicago Press, 1919. 172p.

2    Chibnall, Albert Charles. Protein Metabolism in the Plant. New Haven; Yale University Press, and London, H. Milford; Oxford University Press, 1939. 306p. (Reprint. New Haven; Yale University Press, 1964. 306p.)

1    Clausen, Jens C. Stages in the Evolution of Plant Species. Ithaca; Cornell University Press, 1951. 206p.

1    Clausen, Jens C. David D. Keck and William M. Hiesey. Experimental Studies on the Nature of the Species. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1940-1982. 6 vols. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication nos. 520, 564, 581, 615, 628, 636)

2    Clayton, Roderick K. Molecular Physics in Photosynthesis. New York; Blaisdell Pub. Co., 1965. 205p.

1    Clements, Frederic E. Plant Indicators: The Relation of Plant Communities to Process and Practice. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1920. 388p. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Pub. 290) (A companion vol. to author's Plant Succession.)

2    Clements, Frederic E. Plant Physiology and Ecology. New York; H. Holt and Co., 1907. 315p.

1    Clements, Frederic E. Plant Succession: An Analysis of the Development of Vegetation. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1916. 512p. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Pub. 242)

1    Clements, Frederic E. Plant Succession and Indicators; A Definitive Edition of Plant Success and Plant Indicators. New York; H. W. Wilson Co., 1928. 453p. (Combines and condenses Plant Succession and Plant Indicators published by the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1916 and 1920 respectively.) (Reprint. New York; Hafner Pub. Co., 1963. 453p.)

1    Clements, Frederic E. Research Methods in Ecology. Lincoln, Neb.; University Publishing Co., 1905. 334p. (Reprint. New York; Arno Press, 1977. 334p.)

1    Clements, Frederic E. and Glenn W. Goldsmith. The Phytometer Method in Ecology; The Plant and Community as Instruments. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1924. 106p. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication no. 356)

2    Clements, Frederic E. and Frances L. Long. Experimental Pollination; An Outline of the Ecology of Flowers and Insects. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1923. 274p. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication no. 336)

1    Clements, Frederic E. and Victor E. Shelford. Bio-Ecology. New York; J. Wiley & Sons, and London; Chapman & Hall, 1939.

1    Clements, Frederic E. and John E. Weaver. Experimental Vegetation; The Relation of Climaxes to Climate. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1924. 172p. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication no. 355)

1    Clements, Frederic E. John E. Weaver and Herbert C. Hanson. Plant Competition: An Analysis of Community Functions. Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1929. 340p. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Pub. 398)

1    Clowes, Federick A. L. Apical Meristems. Oxford; Blackwell Scientific Pub., 1961. 217p. (Botanical Monographs 2)

2    Clowes, Frederick A. L. and B. E. Juniper. Plant Cells. Oxford; Blackwell Scientific Pub., 1968. 546p.

1    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Exchange of Genetic Material: Mechanisms and Consequences. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.; Long Island Biological Association, 1958. 433p. (Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology no. 23)

2    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Genes and Chromosomes: Structure and Organization. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.; Long Island Biological Association, 1941. 315p. (Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology no. 9)

2    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Genes and Mutations. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.; Long Island Biological Association, 1951. 521p. (Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology 16)

2    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Genetic Mechanisms: Structure and Function. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.; Long Island Biological Association, 1956. 392p. (Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology 21)

1    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Genetics and Twentieth Century Darwinism. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.; Long Island Biological Association, 1959. 321p. (Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitatve Biology 24)

1    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Population Genetics; The Nature and Causes of Genetic Variability in Populations. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.; Long Island Biological Association, 1955. 346p. (Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology no. 20)

2    Cook, Melville Thurston. The Diseases of the Tropical Plants. London; Macmillan, 1913. 317p.

2    Corner, Eldred J. The Life of Plants. London; Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964. 314p.

1    Correns, Carl. Über Vererbungsgesetze; Vortrag Gehalten in der Gemeinschaftlichen Sitzung der Naturwissenschaftlichen und der Medizinischen Hauptgruppe der Versammlung Deutscher Naturforscher und ërzte in Meran am 27 September 1905. Berlin; Gebrüder Borntraeger, 1905. 43p.

1    Coulter, John M. Evolution of Sex in Plants. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1914. 140p. (Facsimile. New York; Hafner Press, 1973. 140p.)

1    Coulter, John M. Charles R. Barnes and Henry C. Cowles. A Textbook of Botany for College and Universities. New York; American Book Co., 1910-11. 2 vols. (New York; American Book Co., 1930-31. 3 vols.)

1    Coulter, John M. and Charles J. Chamberlain. Morphology of Angiosperms. New York; D. Appleton, 1903. 348p. (Issued, not as Part II of Morphology of Spermatophytes, but as an independent volume and any subsequent edition of the previous volume will be entitled Morphology of Gymnosperms.)

1    Crafts, Alden Springer. Translocation in Plants. New York; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961. 182p.

1    Cronquist, Arthur. The Evolution and Classification of Flowering Plants. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1968. 396p. (2d ed. Bronx, N.Y.; New York Botanical Garden, 1988. 555p.)

1    Curtis, Otis F. The Translocation of Solutes in Plants; A Critical Consideration of Evidence Bearing Upon Solute Movement. New York; McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1935. 273p.

2    Curtis, Otis F. and Daniel G. Clark. An Introduction to Plant Physiology. New York and London; McGraw-Hill, 1950. 752p.

2    Cutter, Elizabeth G. Plant Anatomy: Experiment and Interpretation. Reading, Mass.; Addison-Wesley, 1969-1971. 2 vols.

Top of the page

Core Literature Project: Historical Monographs in Botanical Sciences - Page 2

Glossary in preservation

IBC Symposium

Links to professional organizations and associations

Links for plant libraries and archives resources


   E-mail -  FAQ  -  Site Map  -  Credits  

Updated 2004-12-01