France, no place, no date [ca. 1860-1880]. Small folio (24.7 x 20.0 cm). Manuscript of 46 pp. with 31 original, fine, mounted, ink drawings of liverworts, most with handwritten descriptions at the foot or on loose leaflets. Patterned quarter linen over burgundy grained linen. Marbled endpapers
A fine manuscript, including a key to the species and extensive descriptions, running from Gen. 1: Sarcoscyphus to 23: Aneuca. We cannot find any trace regarding the author of this manuscript, which is scientifically accurate and written in a neat French hand from about 1860-1880. The drawings are very detailed and well-grouped. It appears that they have been copied - but favourably rearranged - from Tobias Philipp Ekart's 1832 Synopsis Jungermanniarum in Germania vicinisque terris hucusque cognitarum (Nissen BBI, 587), who in turn copied most figures from William Hooker's 1812-1816 British Jungermanniae (Nissen BBI, 916), although the latter is clearly not the source of this manuscript. In comparison with Hooker and Ekart, the nomenclature is updated, and the text, of course, is new. Front board partly abraded, corners worn, otherwise very good. ADDED: another atlas of 35 mounted ink drawings with descriptions from "Coss. et Germ. Atl. fl. Par." i.e., Cosson, E. and Germain, Atlas de la flore des environs de Paris (1845), all neatly arranged in a mid-19th-century booklet with limp linen covers. The handwriting seems to be identical. However, neither is signed. Covers a bit worn at edges, otherwise very good, clean. Stafleu and Cowan, 1241 (for Cosson et al.).