DARJEELING FERNS ( cover title).
A well preserved and beautiful collection of large mounted Indian ferns assembled and arranged by Mrs. Phoebe Jaffrey and identified with her printed pink label, “Mounted By/ Mrs. P. Jaffrey/ Darjeeling ” on the front paste down. With an elegant calligraphic ownership inscription serving as bookplate of “Elizabeth E. Hawkins/ April 15, 1882” also on the front pastedown. The single large specimens in golden yellow, a bit of off white, varied greens and browns, fill the plates ( 45.5 x 32.5 cm). There are some examples of smaller ferns grouped together on one plate. Each is accompanied by a stamped label calling for Genus, Species and Patria filled in by hand in ink. The last specimen is dated 1881. Mrs. Jaffrey, third wife of Andrew Thomas Jeffrey, who was curator of Darjeeling ‘s Lloyd Botanic Gardensr from 1875 to 1885, made and sold these collections in both single volumes and sets. Jaffrey positioned her ferns gracefully and managed to bring out their interesting textures and markings even when dried. Additionally, she positioned moss at the base of each specimen. Other albums from Mrs. Jaffrey are held at the Natural History Museum, London, the University of St. Andrews, Dundee, and Ireland’s Glasnevin National Botanic Garden. With an elegant calligraphic ownership inscription.
Contemporary three quarter leather, cloth over boards with gilt title on upper cover, scuffed and worn; upper cover bulging a bit; internally there are a few small dark spots and edge chips on the plate paper, occasional minor piece of foliage lacking and some residue in the gutters, but, still remarkably well preserved.
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