New Zealand ferns. Prepared and mounted by T. Cranwell.
Item ID 68368
Auckland (Parnell), T. Cranwell, no date [before 1877]. Small folio (27.0 x 21.6 cm). 30 sheets with mounted ferns, each with a small, mounted label with the Latin name. Original leather spine and carved wood-panels. Marbled endpapers. Contained in recent clamshell box. A very rare herbarium with an extraordinary cover of wooden panels with bevelled edges and wood carvings of ruled lines and floral motifs. This is probably the work of the Vienna-born cabinetmaker Anton Seuffert (1815-1887), who migrated to New Zealand in the 1860's. The hand-carving of the boards suggest that this was produced in a very small edition. There were, however, other board designs as well. The mounted ferns are in very good condition. A single loose fern, perhaps of a different origin, is loosely inserted. An additional leaf, from another work, is inserted in as well. The ferns included seem to differ from copy to copy. Direct comparison to a copy on the internet shows that no less than 12 species are different. We found two auction records, both of copies inscribed in 1876. The State Library of New South Wales has a copy with 29 leaves. Spine partly perished, the front board cracked due to dryness but otherwise in good condition. Internally a very good copy. A very rare, large format, dried fern album with wooden panels