A herbarium including over 120 botanical specimens from New Zealand, Hawaii, South Africa and England, most captioned and dated in ink. Large quarto. Pristine condition with a distinguished provenance. Original pictorial green cloth gilt, extremities slightly rubbed. Item #302901
Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Patricia C. Thomson from her loving sister Maggie. October 12th 1878."
This substantial herbarium is drawn primarily from New Zealand and Hawaii, though also includes samples from Cape Town and England. The New Zealand specimens were gathered mainly from around Wellington, Otago, Tapanui and Auckland, they include the poisonous tutu plant, Maiden Hair Fern, Wilton's Bush and kidney ferns. The Hawaiian plants include sugar cane, coral leaf and pepper corns.
Compiled by Margaret Thomson, the sister of John Turnbull Thomson, noted New Zealand pioneer and Chief-Surveyor. The album is presented by Margaret to her sister Patricia, they were the elder siblings of John. The herbarium was compiled while Margaret visited her brother and included a stop at Hawaii.
John Turnbull Thomson was instrumental in the development of New Zealand's infrastructure and founded the Otago and Southland Institutes of New Zealand. He arrived in 1856 and immediately undertook the task of surveying Otago "on horseback in a series of sweeps that took him as far west as the Waiau River and as far north as Mount Cook" (NZDNB). His survey was published in 1860, he remained in New Zealand for the rest of his life.
This is not only distinguished by its provenance but also its condition. The album has clearly been carefully handled since completion, the specimens themselves are entirely intact. This is not only a desireable piece of New Zealand history but also an excellent example of work by a female botanist.
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