Farrer’s Last Journey: Upper Burma, 1919-20.

First edition of Euan Hillhouse Methven Cox's Farrer's Last Journey

Farrer’s Last Journey: Upper Burma, 1919-20.

COX, Euan Hillhouse Methven.

Item Number: 119680

London: Dulau & Co. Ltd, 1926.

First edition of Cox’s account of his journey with great English botanist Reginald Farrer to the Burmese Alps. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, with 28 illustrations from photographs by the author including frontispiece. In near fine condition with light toning to the page edges.

Scottish horticulturalist Euan Hillhouse Methven Cox accompanied Reginald Farrer on his final botanical expedition to the mountains of Burma in 1919 in search of a variety of plants, many of which Farrer brought back to England and planted near his home village of Clapham, North Yorkshire. The expedition proved less horticulturally successful than Farrer's earlier trip to Kansu, largely because the climate of the Burmese mountains had less in common with British conditions than that of Kansu. Farrer died in 1920 at Nyitadi in the remote mountains on the Burmese/Chinese frontier at the early age of 40. Cox states that he died alone, but he was almost certainly accompanied by indigenous plant collectors from China and Burma who had been working with him.

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