Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1894. Two volumes. xxii,,318; x,,-624pp. plus 145 plates (thirty-six of them chromolithographs). Three quarter crushed morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt, raised bands. Ex-lib., with bookplate on front pastedowns and remnant of removed bookplate on rear free endpapers, faint inkstamp on foredge and bottom edge of both volumes, blindstamp on both titlepages and small inked number on following leaf. Closed tear in titlepage of first volume tape-repaired on verso. Internally clean and sparkling, the plates brightly colored and fresh. Despite institutional blemishes, a handsome set. Item #WRCAM34031
Fifth edition, following the first of 1846. A striking and comprehensive work on the trees and shrubs of Massachusetts, produced by the prominent educator and environmentalist, George Barrell Emerson. Emerson turned to natural history late in life, and spent several summers with a team of colleagues exploring the botany of Massachusetts. This report on the trees and shrubs of the commonwealth "became the standard reference work for future studies of the Massachusetts ecology" (ANB). Bennett notes that the second edition, in 1875, was the first with colored plates. The handsome chromolithographs were produced by Armstrong & Co. of Boston, described by McGrath as "the first of the post- war giants" in the field. They produced the plates for many of the important color plate books of the day. BENNETT, p.40. McGRATH, pp.133, 145, 151. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 32.884 (not citing this ed). ANB 7, pp.482-83.