James Alfred Wheldon was one of the leading amateur botanists of his day, establishing a reputation both in Britain and beyond as an expert on mosses and lichens. He was a prolific writer on botanical subjects, publishing over 100 articles and papers as well as co-writing 'The Flora of West Lancashire' with Albert Wilson.
He was a native of North Yorkshire, but will best be remembered as a Liverpool botanist, moving to the city in 1891 after fire destroyed his home and business in York. He combined botany with his professional career in the prison service, and his annual holidays would be spent on botanical expeditions in the north west of England, the Isle of Man and the Scottish Highlands.
His contribution to botany was recognised by an honorary MSc from Liverpool University and on his premature death in 1924 he left a herbarium of over 30,000 items, which now forms part of the collection of the National Museum of Wales.
Cover illustrations: Botanical drawings made by James Alfred Wheldon and his son Harold at left to right Derbyhaven, Isle of Man August 1911, Knott End, Lancashire June 1911 and Ballasalla, Isle of Man September 1909.
Proceeds to be donated to:
Liverpool Botanical Society
World Museum Liverpool
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff