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THE general public are so little aware of the sources and history of the many familiar vegetable products which they use daily, that a short description of them in a readable form will naturally be welcome. To provide this is the object of the little book under review: it contains within its 160 pages an epitome of the results achieved by Kew and the colonial gardens in vegetable economics during the present century. The more important attempts to introduce plants of commercial value into new areas, their success or failure, and the consequent effect upon the imports of raw materials, and the prices of manufactured articles are discussed. The facts, in themselves interesting enough, will appeal with additional weight to the reader since they come from head-quarters, the author being the Curator of the Museums in the Royal Gardens at Kew.

Commercial Botany of the Nineteenth Century.

By John R. Jackson (London: Cassell and Co., 1890.)

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B., F. Our Book Shelf. Nature 43, 436 (1891) doi:10.1038/043436a0

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