New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1894-1897.
Hardcover. This handsome, complete set gathers together Newhall's guides to the trees, leaves, shrubs, and vines of Canada and the Northeastern United States east of the Mississippi River. American naturalist Charles Stedman Newhall (1842-1935) had a winding path toward becoming an esteemed naturalist of his era; after serving as a Union soldier in the Civil War, Newhall studied theology and entered the ministry, becoming a college professor on the subject, and after 25 years in the pastoral profession, became interested in forestry, accepted a position as an assistant special forest agent and eventually ascended to his position as Superintendent of Forest Reserves in California (Nelson's Encyclopaedia, 1907). Adding to the sense of history and the legacy of late 19th century nature study, this copy of The Trees of Northeastern America bears the bookplate of naturalist, ornithologist, and illustrator F. Schuyler Matthews (1854-1938), with occasional pencilled notes to pages and five dried leaf specimens. Wander the vast woods and wildernesses of turn of the century America by leafing through this complete set of Newhall's Northeastern America, illustrated in over three hundred figures altogether.
This set collects all four of Charles S. Newhall's four volumes on the trees, shrubs, and vines of Northeastern America, each volume bound in kind in rich brown over bevelled boards, with upper boards and spines stamped with gilt foliage and lettered in a woodland-embellished gilt script. Moderate wear to bindings, with bumping and fraying to corners, small tears to heads and tails of spines, and some soiling and rubbing to cloth. All volumes show some cracking to inner hinges and some shaking to text blocks; all bindings remain sound. The Trees of Northeastern America bears the bookplate of naturalist, ornithologist, and illustrator F. Schuyler Matthews, with occasional pencilled notes to pages and five dried leaf specimens. Other than the pencilled notations, leaf specimens, and toning from leaf specimens (present or otherwise) to The Trees of Northeastern America, pages are clean and unmarked. Built-in envelope to rear board of The Leaf-Collector's Hand-Book for collecting specimens, as issued; special "gummed paper" leaves bound at rear for mounting specimens appear to be stuck together. The Vines of Northeastern America is ex-Mercanitle Library of Astor Place, New York, with bookplate to front pastedown and associated stamps and marks to pages; small contemporaneous nail inserted in loosening gathering, pages 19-26. The Trees of Northeastern America (1894), illustrated in 116 figures, The Leaf-Collector's Hand-Book (1892), illustrated in the same 116 figures as its companion above, The Shrubs of Northeastern America (1893, first printing), illustrated in 116 figures, and The Vines of Northeastern America (1897, first printing), illustrated in 91 figures. Good +. Item #6022