Lot 92: Brazilian Ferns. An album of 83 leaves of stitched fern specimens, all mounted to album leaf rectos only, the first 71 leaves numbered in pencil and with scientific name captions in pencil at foot, a few of the remaining specimens loose or not labelled, many leaves with more than one specimen of the same plant, original provenance note to front free endpaper, 'These ferns were collected on the coast of Brazil by J.E. Parish, Com. RN, 1856', with related three-page letter tipped beneath, 7th August 1866, from Francis E. Hubbard to Sir Woodbine [Parish], noting that he has amended some of the wrong titles in the album, 24 further paper bifoliums loosely inserted, each with unrelated(?) smaller pressed flower specimens loosely inserted, contemporary half morocco, remains of paper label to upper cover, heavily rubbed and some soiling, folio (46 x 31cm). While there is a little occasional damage the condition of these generally large fern specimens is very good. The collector of the specimens was Vice-Admiral John Edward Parish (1822-1894), second son of Sir Woodbine Parish (1796-1882), diplomat, travelller and scientist. Francis Edward Hubbard (1844-1871) was Sir Woodbine's nephew by his second marriage to Louisa Hubbard in 1844. (1)
Dominic Winter's Travel & Natural History, Early Printed Books, Maps, Globes & Decorative Prints, Science & Mathematics, Bookbinding Equipment Auction July 2015
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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