A very nicely preserved herbarium with 24 botanical specimens collected in Pipestone and Jackson, Minnesota in the spring (April and May) of 1906. Compiled in The Kenilworth Herbarium and Plant Analysis portfolio, made to be “adapted to any botany,” and published in 1899 by Atkinson & Mentzer of Chicago. The albums provided blank lines for the class, order, genus, species, common name, locality and date to be filled in by the budding naturalist, as well as pages for a more in-depth plant analysis. This collection includes all specimen information completed except for one specimen, and is written in a neat script in light ink.
Four pages are completed exploring the longer “plant analysis” for the common blue violet (“Leaves: whorled, simple, heart shaped, acute, finely serrate, hairy, green, palmately netted, deciduous”), the wild strawberry (“Remarks: the pistils ripen into akenes which are embedded in a large edible receptacle”) plus the mayflower and buttercups. The ghosting of the specimens on the opposing pages sometime has a lovely effect, such as the impression and ghost of the wild strawberry plant upon it’s analysis page (as seen in one of the photos to the right).
Specimens include: wild strawberry, buttercups, mayflower, pansy, pistilate willow, dwarf trillium, lily-of-the-valley, Indian tobacco, hair bell, tulip, vetch, bleeding heart and the dogtooth, birdfoot, yellow, white and wood violets, among others.
Likely compiled by a student as there are ten red “X”s (perhaps an instructor’s corrections) next to species names, etc. on eight pages. With the name “Wm. Sommerville” written in pencil and ink, in script on both the inside front and back covers. Item #1252.
Condition: Very Good, with most specimens largely intact and very-well preserved; some areas pinched by the mounting bands and a few instances of the tips or parts of specimens loose, missing or broken by the mounting bands, or time; ghosting and impressions of specimens on opposing pages; toning to pages; red “X”s as noted above; many interior rings of the 3-hole binding system have been broken by the string binding, and some pages are loose.