London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1953. First edition. Christabel Beck, who cultivated many Fritillaria species was the first to write a book on the genus, and may be the only one to have done so. Four color plates and 40 monochrome plates, plus other illustrations in text. Bookplates of Ruby Fleischmann and Conrad Link on front pastedown and endpaper. Very good to fine with spine just a bit faded. Lacking dust jacket.