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The American Woods, Exhibited by Actual Specimens and with Copious Explanatory Text

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000
Price realised:  n. a.
Lot number 43, Views: 17

Title: The American Woods, Exhibited by Actual Specimens and with Copious Explanatory Text Author: Hough, Romeyn Place: Lowville, NY Publisher: Published by the Author Date: 1893-1911 Description: Parts I-XII only (of eventually 14). Each volume comprised of text booklet in wrappers, plus wood samples on card mounts, loose as issued. 295 (of 304) mounts, numbered 1-300, with additional plates 7a, 7b, 26a & 62a. Each mount displays three specimens from a species of tree in transverse, radial and tangential sections. 9x6". Card mounts housed in blind-stamped green cloth chemises with printed inside covers, original blindstamped slipcases, most with clasps still present. Second edition of Parts I-III, First Edition of parts IV-XII. One of the greatest American works on trees and woods, it is: “illustrated by actual specimens, and being in this way an exhibition of nature itself. It possesses a peculiar and great interest never found in a press-printed book” (Hough). Romeyn B. Hough prepared the samples himself and self-published the work. It provides a unique record of American wood types, arranged geographically. Several parts in this section cover California and the Pacific Slope. This is a tremendously important work for ecologists as well as connoisseurs of American furniture and antiques. Each specimen is about 2x4½” in size and cut thinly enough to be partially translucent. This set is only very rarely found complete, presumably because it was published over a span of 40 years. Lot Amendments Condition: Ex-library from the Library of California Polytechnic School, San Luis Obispo, with bookplates, institutional ink stamps, and small hand-written "C.P.S." in white on each card and at head of slipcase spines. Varying wear to slipcases, Part XII with some rippling to cloth, a few parts lacking all or part of the closing clasps; chemise of Part VII lacking cloth backstrip. Text booklet lacking from Part VII, front wrapper detached on text booklet of Part I. Lacking 9 card mounts (#s 13, 17, 130, 135, 160, 184, 200, 228, 232); 2 mounts lacking one specimen (#s 55, 282); approximately 15 specimens with large chips or substantial portions lacking; a number of other samples with cracking or small chips; overall very good. Item number: 210174

Informations about the auction
Auction house: PBA Galleries
Title: Sale 428: Americana - Travel - Natural History - Cartography
Date of the auction: 13 May 2010
Address: PBA Galleries
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94109 San Francisco, CA
United States
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