Loweville NY: Privately Printed by the author, 1894-1917. Various editions. Hardcover. Octavos (Standard size). Varying wear to edges and corners of each volume, most only slight. Some rubbing to cloth, and to some of the specimens cards. A couple chemises have slight tears to the paper at hinges. A few specimens have small cracks in the wood. In vol. 2, Plate 35, Black walnut, is mislabeled as Plate 25.
13 of 14 volumes, the 14th being published later and often missing, as in this set. Various editions, mostly 1st and 3rd, from 1894 to 1917. Publisher's embossed and pebbled green cloth, each volume with slipcases with silver clasps (v. 8 the clasp is present, but detached) and metal studs at each corner, front and back. Each slipcase also has an index at the rear for each specimen card. Textual descriptions in each volume have original printed wrappers and contain information about botany, habitat and medicinal & commercial uses.
Each volume has 25 mounted specimen cards in a chemise for each volume (2 volumes have 26, and another have 27). Total is 329 cards, 987 samples. No duplicates. Each specimen card, or plate, consists of three mounted paper-thin slices of wood, with transverse, radial and tangential sections which can be seen from both sides . The headers for the cards have the taxonomic names, with translations to English, French, German, and Spanish.
Inspired by similar European efforts, Hough created an impressive and invaluable work, with a great variety of ages and range of trees, some now extinct. It won numerous awards at exhibitions old wide, and is considered one of the most sought after American botanical sets. Very good. Item #19486