The Plants of Southern New Jersey with Especial Reference to the Flora of the Pine Barrens and the Geographic Distribution of the Species [in the] Annual Report of the New Jersey State Museum (1910).
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Trenton: New Jersey State Museum, 1911. First edition (890, index). Folding map, frontis, and 129 plates illustrating the flora of the Barrens. Tall octavo in green cloth and gilt titles. One doubts even an exceptionally rare plant was overlooked in this comprehensive account. A typical entry includes the plant's formal botanic name (e.g., viburnham nudum L.), its common name (larger witherod), references to earlier descriptions (Linnaeus, Barton, Knieskern, Britton), the plant's distribution (swamps of the barrens), etc. Witmer Stone (1866- 1939), perhaps better known as an ornithologist and for his work on migratory birds (See Birds Studies at Old Cape May, our book No. 1694), had a "life-long interest in botany [which] inspired a ten-year period of intensive botanical field studies of the New Jersey pine barrens... and the consequent accumulation of many thousands of botanical specimens" (Rehn, Auk). An authoritative work, a book to have at one's elbow while reading John McPhee's Pine Barrens. A very good, clean copy.
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