Neatly organized and labeled herbarium, with calligraphic writing throughout. N.d., circa 1830, based on binding. 4to. 32 by 27 cm. 82 leaves with herbarium on rectos. An example is what is called the "First Grand Division: Acotyledonous plants", which is divided into Fungi, Algae, Licenes, Hepaticae, Musci, Filices, all of which have a multitude of examples tightly arranged and quite striking on the page. Mrs. Hitchcock sets forth 101 categories, with two other "Grand Divisions": Moncotyledonous Plants, Dicotyledonous Plants. There are often multiple samples in a particular category, and so the number of separate samples is easily more than 200. Generally there are one to four specimens on a page, with occasionally far more, as in the first few categories. The arrangements are sometimes artistically arranged into a bouquet, but most of the time they are just neatly arranged as in any carefully compiled herbarium. Many, but not all, samples also carry there own hand-written label. The organization of the whole herbarium shows that this was not an album in which the collector merely pasted samples as they were found, but rather, things were done with an over-arching purposefulness, and while Mrs. Hitchcock may have been an amateur botanist, she had a serious intent and design. The dried flowers are generally well-preserved, with occasional losses, as tends to occur with thin, dry organic material. Offsetting rampant on versos, as inevitable with organic material. Rebacked, with matching calf to corners, and raised bands. Original spine label preserved and mounted. Original marbled boards and centerpiece leather label. Half Calf, Marbled Boards, Leather Ownership Label on Board. Bookseller Inventory # 004375
Title: Herbarium Album of dried flowers and leaves
Book Condition: Very Good
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