Lot 431

(Mary Anne botanist and illustrator 1845-1927 w (Mary Anne botanist and illustrator 1845-1927 wife of T.R.R. Stebbing zoologist and Church of England clergyman 1835-1926) [2 Albums of seedlings] c.530 watercolours and drawings recording the growth of seedlings and cuttings autograph manuscript captions and many with notes giving a brief history of the seedlings mounted on album leaves most dated some with locations various sizes laid down 1 vol. ink inscription: “Mary A. Stebbing Ephraim Lodge on The Common Tunbridge Wells” slightly browned and foxed in a few places original half roan gilt corners and edges rubbed lacks spines oblong 4to 6th May 1882 - 29th May 1920. *** “Mary Anne Stebbing... a capable botanist and illustrator.” (Oxford DNB). Youngest daughter of W.W. Saunders author of Refugium botanicum was married to the zoologist T.R.R. Stebbing. She was one of the first women to become and FLS and was an enthusiastic botanist attempting to illustrate British flora in watercolour. Most of her drawings were destroyed by fire but there are some at Kew. The commonest caption is Tunbridge Wells several weeds were gathered at the High Rocks an attractive feature of the common. Other captions include: “sown in hot bed at Mrs. Coulson`s seeds from Ceylon”; “from Cyprus WPDS”; “4 Cleveland Gardens Ealing” “seeds from ditch nr. Ipswich” etc. Seedlings include: Plum Sloe Cherry Tree Lupin Acacia Laburnam Red Chestnut Geraneum etc Provenance: Bought from Wheldon & Wesley in 1986.

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<p>Natural History Books, Manuscripts &amp; Watercolours</p>

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