[EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL HAND-COLORED DRAWINGS OF MUSHROOMS]
[France, 1880. 115 loose plates. Folio. Contemporary green portfolio with cloth spines and paper boards, secured with cloth ties. Some wear to binding. Plates mostly clean, some light wear to initial leaves. Very good. A handsome series of original handcolored drawings of mushrooms, each leaf containing several species drawn from different angles and labeled in manuscript. These beautiful watercolors depict both edible and poisonous mushrooms. Most are accompanied by a caption in pencil indicating the binomial Latin name and a reference to the mushrooms in the monograph of François Simon Cordier, LES CHAMPIGNONS DE LA FRANCE, first published in 1870. Each plate is numbered, as is each species on the plate. Species are systematically grouped together, creating a series of plates with one genus or another. All told, it is an impressive work, possibly a series of illustrations for a book, or simply the work of an avid amateur with a firm grounding in the taxonomy of mushrooms.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51721)
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