Item #8615 Icones Farlowianae: Illustrations of the Larger Fungi of Eastern North America. William Gilson Farlow, Edward Angus Burt descriptive text.

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Icones Farlowianae: Illustrations of the Larger Fungi of Eastern North America.

Cambridge: The Farlow Library and Herbarium of Harvard University, 1929. Hardcover. 4to (14” x 11.25”), gilt green cloth. 120 pp. 103 chromolithographic plates. CONDITION: Very good, spine sunned, fading to edges of covers, small white spots at covers, minimal wear to extremities, endpapers and pastedowns with light foxing.

A work of “unsurpassed elegance” on North American fungi by eminent mycologist William Gilson Farlow (1844–1919), after whom Harvard’s Farlow Herbarium library is named. Depicting 103 species of fungi commonly found across the north-eastern United States, the Icones was a forty-one year $50,000 project bringing together “four botanists, two professional artists, two commercial printers, one warehouse, and numerous photographers and editors” to present a work of mycology unlike any seen before or since" (Harvard). An early reviewer, Charles Kaufman of the University of Michigan notes that “no illustrations of mushrooms have appeared which remotely approach the beauty and scientific accuracy of the plates in the volume before us … No genus of agaries is given undue prominence; but that sense of proportion, so often lacking in teachers…is beautifully exemplified in the selections made.” 

REFERENCES: DeCesare, Lisa. “The Final Icones,” from the “Botanical Illustrations from the Harvard University Herbaria” project, at Harvard University online, 2000; Kauffman, C. H. Science, Vol. 71, 1930, pp. 70–71. 

Item #8615

Price: $800.00