A complete set in nine portfolio-type fascicules of the impressive assembled group of 231 species of hepatica, or liverworts, on 231 leaves, some contained within mounted paper envelopes, each dried specimen numbered and accompanied by a mounted and printed label containing the Latin name and classification of each species, where the plant typically grows, where this particular specimen was found, and who collected it, some also with the date of collection; each fascicule also with a title page leaf and an index of the specimens contained within. All specimens intact with only extremely minor losses or loosening. Some pages with handwritten notations in pen or pencil, some scattered age-darkening of paper, title leaf of fasicule no. 9 with rubber collection stamp. 8vo. Publisher's marbled board portfolios with green cloth spines and printed paper labels, tie-bound. Some ties worn or missing, wear and minor rubbing to extremities. Cahan, France (T. Husnot par Athis) circa 1870-1901. A dedication copy by Husnot, with his manuscript dedication on several title leaves.
Pierre Tranquille Husnot was a French botanist who specialized in mosses. After graduating from the École d'Agriculture de Grignon, Husnot traveled for over a decade, visiting Europe, Africa, and America, particularly the Caribbean and the Canay Islands. Upon returning to France, he took over his family farm and joined many botanical societies. In 1874, he founded the Revue Bryologique, the first bryological journal in France, and served as editor, director, and publisher until 1927. He won many prizes over the course of his career for his botanical work, including the Desmazières prize, awarded by the Académie des Sciences in 1882 for his work on cryptograms; the Gossier prize, awarded by the Académie des Sciences, des Belles-Lettres et Arts de Rouen in 1885 for his book Les Botanistes Normands; the bronze medal from the Société d'Agriculture de France in 1902 for his work Les Prés et les Herbages; and the Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1925.
This delicate collection of specimens is a remarkably preserved reference work which allows for the study of plant species outside of the constraints of time, climate, and geography. Later fascicules list the surnames of additional collaborators who helped Husnot to collect the specimens and assemble these portfolios, including Lamy, l'abbé Puget, l'abbé Boulay, Bouvet, de Brébisson, Cogniaux, Gravet, Marchal, Verheggen, Gallée, Arnell, Comus, Malbranche, Espagne, Davies, Panter, Travut, and many others. Extremely scarce; as of July 2017, WorldCat does not show any listings for this incredible set.
Book ID: 48699