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Title How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of Our Common Wild Flowers
Author/Composer/Artist Dana, Mrs. William Starr; illustrated by Marion Satterlee
Publisher / Producer Charles Scribner's Sons
Publication / Performance Date 1893
Publishing Location / Performance Venue New York
Summary Book written for lovers of the outdoors and of horticulture who, by knowing more about the plant material encountered, can amplify their appreciation of "wild Nature." As a guide it is organized by color of bloom, and includes Latinate and common names, plus botanical descriptions of wild flowers. There is some information about plant history. Subject matter is enhanced by three indices: an index to Latin names of identified plants, an index to their English (or common) names, and a brief index to technical terms used in the book. The book is meant to be "carried in the woods and fields" by the reader while walking about. It is illustrated with reproductions of pen and ink drawings, the vast majority of which are noted to have been drawn from nature by Marion Satterlee. In the Preface the author, Mrs. Dana, indicates that her illustrator, Ms. Satterlee, is integral to the book's success.
Physical Description Measuring 8 1/8" tall, 5 1/2" wide, and about 1" deep, this book contains 298 pages including three detailed indices and a publisher's list of other titles relating to outdoor pursuits. The book is hard bound in faded dark blue glazed fine-grain linen. The front cover carries the primary title, and author's and illustrator's names within a stylized grey and faded gold drawing in an Arts and Crafts aesthetic of flowers with stems and interwoven vertical grid. The spine has the title, author's surname, and publisher's name with two identical stylized floral blooms, all of which are printed in gold. Page edges are sharply cut all around. The book is illustrated with 104 plates of black line drawings of plant material. There are no distinguishing end papers, inscriptions, or pencil notes. Illustrated.
Condition Good
Catalog Number 1976.1.1567
Object Name Book