Auction 150, Lot 719

"[Lot of 2 - Mushrooms]",

Subject: Prints Botanical

Period: 1929 (published)

Publication: Icones Farlowianae: Illustrations of the Larger Fungi of Eastern North America

Color: Printed Color

11.3 x 14.3 inches
28.7 x 36.3 cm

These superb chromolithographs are among the most beautiful American mushroom plates ever made. There were only 500 sets printed and they are exceedingly rare. William Gilson Farlow, a professor of botany at Harvard, collected the specimens illustrated between 1889 and 1911. His intention was to publish a guide for their identification. He employed two great artists, Joseph Bridgham and Louis Krieger, to prepare the illustrations and had the plates printed by the Boston Heliotype Printing Co. Unpublished at the time of Farlow's death in 1919, the work was continued by Farlow's student, Edward Angus Burt, and finally published in 1929. This set includes an unnamed plate (one of five new species that was added by Burt):

A. [Untitled].

B. Lactarius Indigo. Fries.


Condition: A

Mild toning and a few tiny tears at edges.

Estimate: $95 - $120

Sold for: $70

Closed on 9/17/2014