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Presented in two divisions, the first covering Faversham and environs; the second, the region of East Kent in general. The first division opens with a gazetteer of plants (and molluscs and insects) to be found in different parts of Faversham in each of the months of the year: Thorn Creeek, Ewell, Bysing Wood, Sittingbourne Road, Newnham Road, Cades and Ashford Road (each with subdivisions into smaller roads, woods and fields). Cowell is described on the title-page as ‘Corresponding member, and local secretary, for Kent, of the Botanical Society of London.’ The Society was then in its infancy, with the first volume of its Proceedings (1839) advertised on the final two advert leave shere. A Floral Guide... is dedicated to Lady Harris of Belmont House.
William Ratcliffe was a second-generation Faversham printer and bookseller, working from 44-5 Court Street (now Lloyds bank) (see Richard Goulden, Faversham Book Trade 1730-1900, 1996, p. 32). see full details...