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Asters and Goldenrod
Portland, Maine:: Rebecca Goodale,, 2010.. Edition of 15. 9.625 x 15.5"; 22 pages. Letterpress printed. Hand colored silkscreen prints. Accordion fold with one end bound into boards via the pastedown. Bound in green cloth with silk screen illustration on front board. Rebecca Goodale: "[My poem, "Asters and Goldenrods"] explores the intersection of my project with the botanical drawings of Kate Furbish." The project Goodale refers to is her Threatened and Endangered series, documenting and memorializing every threatened and endangered plant and animal species in her home state of Maine. Research for that project brought Goodale into intimate contact with a woman of an earlier time who also passionately recorded and memorialized Maine's natural bounty. Goodale's poem is accompanied by her drawings of 17 asters and goldenrods. A list with species name plus date and place of original drawing and sighting is included. Bowdoin College, Special Collections: "Kate Furbish (1834-1931) was born Catherine in Exeter, New Hampshire, on May 19, 1834, to Benjamin and Mary Lane Furbish. When she was barely a year of age, the family relocated to Brunswick, Maine, where she developed a passionate interest for wildflowers. Like many young women of her time, Kate pursued a genteel education, which included painting and the study of French literature; she even spent a year in Paris perfecting her painting. In 1860, however, a serious interest for science gripped Furbish after she attended a series of botany lectures in Boston by George L. Goodale, later a professor of botany at Harvard. "The bulk of Furbish's life's work – collecting, classifying, and drawing the flora of Maine – was done between 1870 and 1908. By 1880 she had earned respect among well-known naturalists, including the eminent American botanist Asa Gray. In 1894, Furbish also helped to found the Josselyn Botanical Society of Maine and she served as president in 1911. In 1908, Furbish bequeathed her collection of paintings and drawings to Bowdoin College. She died on December 6, 1931. "Kate Furbish's name gained fame in 1976 when the wild snapdragon, named the Furbish lousewort, was rediscovered after having been believed to be extinct. This discovery helped stall and eventually stop the building of the Dickey-Lincoln dam and reservoir on the St. John's River, which would have flooded 88,000 acres of northern Maine forests."
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