The 2012 Edition comprises two very different volumes.
The first is a full and complete facsimile of Douglas’s original 1737 edition based on the typesetting of the amended edition of the Guernsey Lilly of 1727, complete with all 3 fold out illustrations.
The second is a new treatise and bibliography in a companion volume by academic botanist Dr Helen Brock, examining the history, cultivation and physiology of Nerine Sarniensis, bound, in contrast to the facsimile, in a very modern binding of pink book cloth, embossed in white with a picture of a Guernsey lilly.
Dr Helen Brock has created a fascinating work, scouring the literature to produce a comprehensive account of the history and cultivation of the Guernsey lilly, which will delight all lovers of the lilly and which brings the original treatise up to date.
She examines the plants early history, its arrival into Europe and especially into Guernsey, its genus and notable characteristics and its culture, as well as its botanical history and all the key figures in its history. To do so she has used a similar series of chapters to Douglas' original work in a conscious echo of his work.
A keen scholar of the great Scottish doctor William Hunter, one of the great collectors of his age. Dr Brock had access to Hunter’s papers which contain a large collection of Douglas’s own papers, including a large number of records of Douglas’s observations on the Guernsey Lilly and these amplify his published work on the plant.
The two volumes are presented together in a chocolate book cloth covered slipcase.
Half bound in a very traditional binding of chocolate calf with a marbled, lily design, cover paper that is speckled with a gold sheen to emulate the lily itself.