1917 · New York
Botany in a beautifully decorated binding. Harriet L. Keeler was a life-long educator and amateur botanist, having published seven nature guides between 1894 and her death in 1921. So-called "recreational" botany was popular among women towards the end of the 19th century — as they were shut out of "scientific" botany at this time — affording Keeler a wide readership. Her study of native trees, which provides extensive descriptions and Latin names, influenced many future nature writers and was reprinted over a dozen times. This is the ninth edition.
The text is illustrated with => 178 photographic reproductions of leaves, branches, flowers, etc. and 162 reproductions from drawings.
Binding: Publisher's light green cloth with gilt lettering to front board and spine; grey, black and beige–stamped forest to front board.
Provenance: Inked inscription on front fly-leaf: "Elsa C. Fueslein, with the love and congratulations of G.S.S., Oct. 19/18." Bookplate of Elsa Carla Fueslein on verso of front free endpaper.
Not in Minsky. Bound as above, edges rubbed with faint stain to bottom edge of front board, light scuffs and soiling to boards; spine darkened and top edge dust-soiled. Top of rear hinge cracked (inside) with some webbing exposed; interior lightly age-toned with small closed tear to front free endpaper and the tip of one leaf missing. => Informative and attractive. (Inventory #: 37494)