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Tray -

Ceramic tray painted with a nature scene of deer, or similar type of animal, jumping. The deer scene is surrounded by a decorative blue circle. In the corners of the tray are floral motifs. There are four small feet on the bottom of the tray, each are unpainted. The entire tray has a lacquer covering it.

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Chest Of Drawers -

Six drawer marquetry Empire-style clothes chest with two sets of circular brass-and-ring drawer pulls and similar key holes and surrounds on each drawer. Metal-banded columns with full entasis at each end of front of chest. Panels with classical dancers (Terpichore?) in pressed brass adorn heads of columns. Pressed brass bands ornamented with roses and leaves at top of each column. Drawer fronts are decorated with floral and foliate images in marquetry. Ends of chest decorated in similar fashion with addition of stylized birds and large urns. This piece of furniture is included in the Blithewold wooden album (circa 1915) in the following description:"Twin beds, highboy, dressing table, cou

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OUR PLANT FRIENDS AND FOES -

The book title is self-descriptive. Geared toward "the casual reader," the author claims its contents are scientifically valid, as vetted by specialists in the topics covered. Selected species from the botanical world, from apples to rubber trees, each has its own chapter. There does not appear to be any attempt at creating a comprehensive horticultural compendium. Rather, poisonous plants and their specific diseases are addressed. Some species are noted for their beauty and/or usefulness, and many are described according to how they can be best placed in a home or farm environment. The book's brief introduction is written by William A. Taylor, an executive from the US Department of Agricul

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OUR TREES/HOW TO KNOW THEM, with PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NATURE -

The title of the book is self-descriptive. According to the preface, its objective is "to furnish an opportunity for a more intimate acquaintance with our American trees." There is no formal Table of Contents but rather a list of plates and descriptions of trees, with their botanical names given, and the page numbers where one finds illustrations and precise identifying characteristics. To make the book user-friendly, trees are classified according to their botanical family. The book is fully indexed.

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STUDIES OF AMERICAN FUNGI. MUSHROOMS EDIBLE, POISONOUS, ETC. -

This book is a scientific treatise on American fungi, or mushrooms, both edible and poisonous. It was written by George Francis Atkinson, a botany professor at Cornell University. The book is handsomely illustrated with colored plates by F.R. Rathbun and over 200 black and white photos by the author. Sarah Tyson Rorer, considered a pioneer of American domestic science and founder of the Philadelphia School of Cooking, provided many recipes and describes how best to identify and select those fungi particularly appropriate for the table.

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Pronunciation of Plant Names -

This book in size and page number (94 pp) is a small reference. Titled Pronunciation of Plant Names and published by the Garden Club of America, it is dedicated to Mrs. Francis King, first president of the Garden Club of Michigan. It is a straight-forward, alphabetized list of botanical nomenclature, after which each entry there is a phonetic presentation of proper pronunciation. There is an inked hand-written name at the top of a page inside the front cover: Bessie P. McKee/September 1923/Four Winds Farm. A list of Garden Club officers and directors appears at the beginning of the book. This particular book appears to be the sort of reference one would carry about the garden.

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A BOOK OF GARDENS -

This charming book is similar in many ways to (book) Obj. # 1976.1.1550 in that it contains gardening essays by well-known figures, including Sir Walter Scott and John Ruskin, and reproductions of Margaret H. Waterfield's famous watercolours of gardens and garden elements. It is also part of the Foulis Books series on gardens, originating in Edinburgh, Scotland., as is 1976.1.1550. The essays are generally of a "romantic" nature and the illustrations depict iconic forms of Arts and Crafts gardens and garden components in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. There is an old-fashioned aesthetic to the planting arrangements shown in the illustrations. This book may be a first edition becau

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Daffodils Narcissus and How to Grow Them:As Hardy Plants and for Cut Flowers With a Guide to the Best Varieties -

This book, with black-and-white photographic and workman-like drawn illustrations by a variety of contributors, contains just about any sort of information one would wish to learn about growing daffodils, indoors and outside. It covers what are termed "Old-Time" and "Modern" daffodils and narcissus, their history, cultural requirements, and named botanical parts. The book is well-indexed, with a few hand-written pencilled additions to the index . It's very functional in its aims, and is geared variously to the home gardener, someone with more sophisticated botanical training, and commercial growers.

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THE WELL-CONSIDERED GARDEN -

This book, by the famous American garden club woman founder and garden writer Louisa Yeomans King (Mrs. Frances King), contains a hand-written inscription and author signature on the first endpaper. The quote penned by Mrs. King as she styled herself professionally, is a perversion of something from Sir William Temple. Mrs. King writes, 'Gardening. . . . an employment and/ a possession for which (sic) woman/ is too high or too low.' The quote from Temple is taken from his treatise on the nature of REST, which says ," Gardening is an enjoyment and a possession for which NO MAN is too high or too low." This book contains a preface by Gertrude Jekyll and essays that originally appeared in the A

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AMERICAN ANIMALS: A POPULAR GUIDE TO THE MAMMALS OF NORTH AMERICA NORTH OF MEXICO, WITH INTIMATE BIOGRAPHIES OF THE MORE FAMILIAR SPECIES -

This book is part of at least a twelve-title series called THE NATURE LIBRARY (sometimes called the New Nature Library Series) published in several editions and added to over time by Doubleday. Series and volume numbers seem to change with each year of publication. Prominent horticulturalists, arborists, ornithologists, ichthyologists, mycologists, and lepidopterists contributed to THE NATURE LIBRARY. With this book in the New Nature Library Series, the authors' aim for an audience of both the general reader as well as those requiring more scientific information. The extensive title is self-descriptive.

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THE FROG BOOK: NORTH AMERICAN TOADS AND FROGS WITH A STUDY OF THE HABITS AND LIFE HISTORIES OF THOSE OF THE NORTHEASTERN STATES -

This book by Mary C. Dickerson is part of at least a twelve title series called THE NATURE LIBRARY (sometimes called the New Nature Library) published in several editions and added to over time by Doubleday. Series and volume numbers seem to change with each year of publication. Prominent horticulturalists, arborists, ornithologists, ichthyologists, mycologists, biologists, and lepidopterists contributed to the THE NATURE LIBRARY. The extensive title of THE FROG book is self-descriptive. The author gathered material with the cooperation of the American Museum of Natural History. Interestingly, colour plates, depicted as "unusually true to life," were made from life studies and hand-coloure

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THE INSECT BOOK. A POPULAR ACCOUNT OF THE BEES (sic) WASPS, ANTS, GRASSHOPPERS, FLIES AND OTHER NORTH AMERICAN INSECTS EXCLUSIVE OF THE BUTTERFLIES (sic) MOTHS AND BEETLES, WITH FULL LIFE HISTORIES. TABLES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES -

This book by Leland O. Howard is part of at least a 12 title series called THE NATURE LIBRARY (sometimes called the New Nature Library) published in several editions and added to over time by Doubleday. Series and volume numbers seem to change with each year of publication. Prominent horticulturalists, arborists, ornithologists, ichthyologists, mycologists, and lepidopterists contributed to the THE NATURE LIBRARY. The extensive title to this book is self-descriptive. Inside the front cover are found numerous small bits of paper with pencilled notes and accompanying page numbers. Blithewold's curator (MW) believes they are written in Augustine's hand. (Date unknown) See Obj.# 1976.1.1

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THE BUTTERFLY BOOK A POPULAR GUIDE TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE BUTTERFLIES OF NORTH AMERICA -

This book by W.J. Holland is part of at least a 12 title series called THE NATURE LIBRARY (sometimes called the New Nature Library) published in several editions and added to over time by Doubleday. Series and volume numbers seem to change with each year of publication. Prominent horticulturalists, arborists, ornithologists, ichthyologists, mycologists, and lepidopterists contributed to the THE NATURE LIBRARY. THE BUTTERFLY BOOK is more modest in its title than most in the series. Although written by a prominent academic and butterfly authority, the book is very readable. It covers methods to attain, identify, and preserve butterflies, and is illustrated with the most beautiful coloured pl

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GAME BIRDS: BIRDS THAT HUNT AND ARE HUNTED, LIFE HISTORIES OF ONE HUNDRED and SEVENTY BIRDS OF PREY, GAME BIRDS and WATERFOWLS -

This book's extensive title is self-descriptive. The author, Neltje Blanchan (1865-1918), was a noted garden writer, a well-known gardener in Connecticut, and an accomplished amateur ornithologist. She is credited with being one of the founders of the Audubon Society. As her interest in birds of all sorts grew, she acquired the knowledge of a professional and was considered by many in the field to be a proper scientist. This book is part of at least a 12 title series called THE NATURE LIBRARY (sometimes called the New Nature Library) published in several editions and added to over time by Doubleday. Series and volume numbers seem to change with each year of publication. Prominent horti

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THE MOTH BOOK: A POPUULAR GUIDE TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE MOTHS OF NORTH AMERICA -

This book by W.J. Holland is part of at least a 12 title series called THE NATURE LIBRARY (sometimes called the New Nature Library Series) published in several editions and added to over time by Doubleday. Series and volume numbers seem to change with each year of publication. Prominent horticulturalists, arborists, ornithologists, ichthyologists, mycologists, and lepidopterists contributed to the THE NATURE LIBRARY. THE MOTH BOOK is written by a globally esteemed entomologist, W. J. Holland, and dedicated to his "honored friend" Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Holland also wrote THE BUTTERFLY BOOK in this series. This volume covers moths' life histories, species capture and preservation, scienti

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THE MOTH BOOK:A POPULAR GUIDE TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE MOTHS OF NORTH AMERICA -

This book appears to be identical to Obj. # 1976.1.1592.7.1, THE MOTH BOOK except for the binding material and endpapers. The years of publication for both are identical. The copyright date is 1903. THE MOTH BOOK is written by a globally esteemed entomologist, W. J. Holland, and dedicated to his "honored friend" Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Holland also wrote THE BUTTERFLY BOOK in this series. This volume covers moths' life histories, species capture and preservation, scientific classification, and lists books published about North American moths. There is great emphasis on the science of moths. Occasionally, the author digresses to quote vignettes on moths from historians, poets, writers, and com