Excerpt from Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum Extra-Tropicarum, or Figures, With Descriptions of Extra-Tropical South African Orchids, Vol. 2
Fifteen years have elapsed since the publication, in 1896, of the first volume of this work; and, although this delay has arisen ... from causes entirely beyond my own control, viz., from advancing years and ill-health, yet I feel that some explanation is due to the purchasers of the previous volume who may wish to have what they would call and consider a complete work.
This wish is very natural. But in the present instance I fear that from the very nature of the case it can hardly be fulfilled by myself. In a country like the South African Union, so imperfectly explored and so difficult of exploration by botanical collectors, some years must elapse before the same proportion of the existing vegetation can be known, as is the case in older and more populous countries, such as Great Britain. Still the work goes on though it continues slowly, and many new species have been added to the list of known South African Orchids during the last twenty years.
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