Ithaca, New York: Andrus & Church; Plant Publishing Co., 1901.
Second Edition. Hardcover. From its forest green and fungi-laden front cover to the abundant illustrations within, this 1901 guide to American mushrooms is sure to inspire rambles and ruminations through field and forest, for, as the author writes in his introduction: "The quest for these plants in the fields and woods [affords] a most delightful and needed recreation to many, and there is no subject in nature more fascinating to engage one's interest and powers of observation..." Numerous as the varieties of mushrooms one could encounter on such an informed quest, Studies of American Fungi offers a total of 250 figures, including a color frontispiece and 5 full-color tissue-guarded plates by Franklin Root Rathbun and 81 monochrome photographic plates taken by the author. This superbly and abundantly illustrated 1901 guide to mushrooms is the work of Cornell University botanist and mycologist George Francis Atkinson (1854–1918), whose legacy includes one genus and twenty-five species of fungi that bear his name, along with chapters on recipes for cooking mushrooms by Sarah Tyson Rorer and on chemistry and toxicology of mushrooms by J. F. Clark. This second edition is a sure companion for your fungi foraging information.
9 3/8" X 6 3/8". v, [i], 322pp. Bound in deep forest green cloth over boards, with a bounty of mushrooms illustrated by Franklin Root Rathbun stamped in black to upper board and spine, both lettered in bright silver. Mild edgewear to binding, with hard bumping to top corners and small neat tears to head and tail of spine. As not uncommon for this title, both inner hinges show signs of having started to crack, with webbing visible and past glue repair evident. Binding remains sound. Previous owner's occasional pencilled cursive notes to margins of pages throughout. Abundantly illustrated in a total of 250 figures, including frontispiece and 5 full-color tissue-guarded plates by Franklin Root Rathbun and 81 monochrome photographic plates. Good +. Item #9224