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Author/Composer/Artist Newhall, Charles S.
Publisher / Producer G.P. Putnam's Sons. The Knickerbocker Press
Publication / Performance Date 1890
Publishing Location / Performance Venue New York and London
Summary Essentially a field guide, this book is a comprehensive compendium - with the author's original drawings - of "all the native trees of Canada and the Northern United States east of the Mississippi River." Its audience is those who are interested in tree identification, both the learned and the amateur. There are two small double-sided sheets of paper describing the publisher's forthcoming titles: one between pp. 36/37 and the other before p. 134. (1976.1.1577a, 1976.1.1577b) Inlaid within several pages toward the rear are botanical specimens presumably collected by someone at Blithewold. (See subsequent photographs under individual numbers: (1976.1.1577c, 1976.1.1577d, 1976.1.1577e, 1976.1.1577f, 1976.1.1577g).

Charles (Stedman) Newhall eventually wrote six books on plant material - trees and shrubs, promarily - within a similar format, of which this seems to be #1 in his oeuvre. It is kept with a 1908 publication of the author's in the Blithewold Archives entitled . . . .
Physical Description Book measures 6" wide, 9 1/2" tall, and 1" deep. Bound in smooth brown leather with title in iconoclastic tree branch-like gilded font and two stamped gold leaves on the front cover, a blank back cover, and spine with title, author and publisher plus a branch of acorns in gold. Endpapers are a patterned golden color, reminiscent of a delicate wallpaper, with slightly horticultural motifs. There are 250 pages of regularly cut, heavy, slightly glazed cream-colored stock. Individual chapters begin with a horizontal frieze illustrated with pottery and horticultural images. Indexed. Illustrated with line drawings.
Condition Good
Catalog Number 1976.1.1577
Object Name Book