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Botanical Specimens] [Commonplace] Jane Hood
Herbarium and Commonplace Book of a young Woman
England, France, Germany, 1880. Half roan over pebbled cloth, measuring 7.75 x 4.5 inches. Bright blue pastedowns. Ownership signature of Jane Hood to front endpaper. Comprised of a total of 111 pages -- 74 pages of manuscript poetry and an additional 37 pages interspersed throughout of botanical specimens labeled and described by hand. The majority of entries were made in 1868 and are in English; however, because Jane also spent time in Germany and France, some entries are in those languages and are contributed by friends. A beautifully preserved Victorian herbarium, which provides researchers the opportunity to consider how women were blending sciences and literature rather than separating them, and to explore how family and friendship encouraged their exploration of the natural world. Jane's album contains extensive poetry; and while there is a range of content, much of the included works from popular writers like Tennyson and Longfellow emphasizes flowers and plants. The Last Rose of Summer, The Rainy Day, Forget-Me-Not, and The Bridal Day, for example, all feature floral motifs and metaphors wherein plants mark something notable in a woman's lived experience. In this sense, Jane's commonplace mimics the special gift books like Mary Matilda Howard's Ocean Flowers, which were sold in destinations such as Bath and combined literature with real botanical specimens. Yet Jane's herbarium is also special because of how personal it is. Just as she selects the poetry with purpose, so too does she gather plant specimens from important places (including a trip to Waterloo wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books, Inc. -- ABAA, ILAB [Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.]

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