A carefully-arranged vernacular book (1950s?), where the unknown owner copies by hand large sections of What Tree is That? (1927) by E.G. Cheyney (Professor of Forestry at the University of Minnesota from 1905-1947) and Royal Dixon and Frank Fitch’s The Human Side of Trees (1917). Also included is a section of the James Russell Lowell poem, “Under the Willows” (“I care not how men trace their ancestry, / To ape or Adam; let them please their whim; / But I in June am midway to believe / A tree among my fair progenitors”).
4” x 7”, ring bound, thick paper-backed covers that are worn and stained. Internally clean, with first page attached to only one ring. Overall VG+. 222 pp. Handwritten (with the exception of one page typed on Willows) descriptions and nicely-realized drawings (62 total) in pen of trees including Pine, Spruce, Hemlock, Balsam Fir, Cedar, Cottonwood, Poplar, Walnut, Hickory, Birch, Beech, Chestnut, Oak, Elm, Sycamore, Dogwood, Maple, Linden, Dogwood, Ash, and others.
A striking vernacular book, combining a naturalist’s and artist’s eye for detail with a reverence for his or her subject. Item #378