by [album; botanical specimens]; Nelson, Edward T.
Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1893. Hardcover. Very Good+. Half mottled cloth and printed paper over boards; portfolio with tie-closures on 3 sides; 243x185mm; contains a loose gathering of 2 leaves (pp. 8) of printed text (an introduction and glossary by Nelson, with directions on how to collect, press, and mount specimens), and 50 single leaves, folded once with a printed form on the front (entries for the plant name, locality, growth habits, etc), and blank on the inside and rear cover (inviting a specimen); 22 of these are complete, with manuscripts entries and specimen, 5 have manuscript entries but no specimen, and 23 are left unused. An educational tool designed by Edward T. Nelson, while a Professor of Biology at Ohio Wesleyan University, "to awaken a greater interest in the study of plant life, and to introduce a little of the laboratory method of research into the first steps of Elementary Biology" (from the introduction). An ownership signature on the front paste-down ientifies Lora E. Lawson as the student, she dates it "Spring 1893," and she's done a lovely job collecting floral specimens and identifying them and describing their characteristics (in tidy cursive, black ink). Most of her entries are dated in May and June, 1893. Portfolio just a little rubbed and scuffed, mostly on rear board. Contents are fine, and present very nicely -- suitable for display.
Includes specimens from the orchis family, lily, rose, violet, and others. (Inventory #: D14243)
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