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La Grande Flora de Colorado de Montana y Llanos, Series One

By Walker, Sarah Bennett; Achleitner, Oscar

Denver, CO: Frank S. Thayer. Very Good. 1901. First Edition. No Binding. Twelve beautiful botanical chromolithographs spanning the mountains and plains of Colorado are matted in heavy cardstock with decorative blind stamping around the oval opening, all in olive green clothbound portfolio with snap. The author, Sarah Bennett Walker, was known as "Mrs. Colorado Wildflower." This is #403 of 1000 copies produced. Unbound as issued, with a thick navy satin ribbon to tie the plates in place. Fastener on ribbon is broken, little wear save for some mild foxing to mats. Edges of portfolio are rubbed on edges, corners bumped. Oversized item, may require extra shipping charges.; Book; Atlas Folio - over 23 - 25" tall .


The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States, in their Botanical,  Horticultural, and Popular Aspects
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The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States, in their Botanical, Horticultural, and Popular Aspects

By Meehan, Thomas

Boston, MA: L. Prang and Company. Very Good. 1878. Hardcover. Very nice set of the influential horticulturist's books on native flora. Fully-collated, all plates and tissues are present. Two volumes in four books, modern half-leather rebinding. Original boards and endpapers, except for new endpapers in rear of volume 1, second series. All edges gilt. Boards are rubbed on edges, some corners a bit bumped. Interiors are clean and free of markings.; Book; 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall .


Lantern Slides and Notes for a Program on Luther Burbank
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Lantern Slides and Notes for a Program on Luther Burbank

By Corwin, Elsie Powers

Boston, MA: E.W. Goodrich, Tremont Temple. Very Good. 0. No Binding. Rare assemblage of hand-colored glass lantern slides for a lecture series on pioneering horticulturalist Luther Burbank. They are estimated to be mid-1920s based on Corwin's statements that they are used "with permission of Burbank from photographs taken at the time the experiments were made." Slides are housed in a locking pebbled cloth case with attached key on ribbon and were produced by E.W. Goodrich of Tremont Temple, Boston. The lecture notes are for 100 but 93 slides are present. Images include photos of Burbank and family, his home and farms, and many many varieties of plant hybrids. Two brass memorabilia with Burbank's image include a small pin (New York: Medallic Art Co.) and a watch fob proclaiming him as "The Wizard of Horticulture," an "honor award for meritorious work in introducing Stark-Burbank Fruit Creations." Burbank's work gave us spineless cactus, rainbow chard, apricot-plum crosses, the most widely-grown variety of Russet potato in the U.S, and hundreds more varieties of food and ornamental flowers. Burbank viewed his work as humanitarian and in harmony with nature, a perspective that bears interest in the current ideological arguments regarding newer technologies used in manipulation of plant genetic material. Elsie Powers Corwin was a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and is listed in the Official Register and Directory of Women's Clubs in America, Volume 15 under "Dramatic Readers and Recitals" in the list of Official Classified List of Lecturers and Entertainers for the Use of Program Committees. She lists her credentials as a "Bachelor of Literary Interpretation." A folded card accompanies the collection of slides as an advertisement for lectures, and is labeled "Circular 1935." Her programs besides "Luther Burbank, Plant Scientist," included "The Tournament of Roses," "California Travelogues," "Our State Flowers," "Poems of the Flower World," "Shakespeare's Garden," and others. Included are three copies of the text that accompanies the slide program; one is handwritten, the other two are typed carbon copies. Also present are two drafts of a shorter two page essay by Corwin, "Luther Burbank - An Appreciation." Written 19 years after Burbank's death in 1926, Corwin relates visiting him for the last time in October of 1925. The handwritten slide transcript is signed on the last page and underneath notes "Property of Mr[s?] Chas. B. Lewis" of Providence, RI. This is presumed either Dr. Charles B. Lewis, physician and Director of Health and Physical Education in the Providence public schools, or his wife Mary.; Book .