(navigation image)
Home American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Search: Advanced Search
Anonymous User (login or join us)
Upload
See other formats

Full text of "The Forest Trees of North America"

I" I 
o 
Iol. 



PLATES 

PREPARED BETWEEN THE YEARS 1849 AND 1859, TO 
• ACCOMPANY A REPORT ON 

THE 

FOREST 

TREES 

OF 

NORTH AMERICA, 

BY 

ASA GRAY. 

CITY OF WASHINGTON" 
I'UBLISItEI) BY 'FILE SMITH,qONIAN INSTIT[;TION. 
1,.1. 



ç L t 

i'i.EI'A RED 

IETWEEN TIIE YEARS ls4: AND lsS.q, 
A('('O3Ii'ANY A REPORT 

TI [OE 

I;Y 

A S\ G IîA V 

CITY OF WASHINGTON" 
PUILI,'.qIEI) I»Y TilE SM[TII,'-;)N[AN IN'I'[T[T[[N. 



A I)V ERT I,EM Ex'r. 

Ul.,n tl,e ,rganizati,,n «,f the Smiths,mian Instituti,m. the Secretarv 
l'rotçssm" J,,seph I[cnry, proposel the publicati,-,n of a stries of " l'ontributions 
to Kn,wledg'e," to cmsi,t of " meln,,irs ,m diflç.rent brandes of science em- 
bracing the records of extended original investigations and researches resulting 
in what are believed to be new truths and eonstituting positive additions to the 
sttm ,,f human kn,,w]edge." 
As a 1,art of the original pr,,gramme of operations tlwre was also n sertes of 
" Rel,»rts ,m the progress of kn,m'lcdge," to be ,f a more popular nature and 
intendcd fur wider distribution than the "Cmdmbut,ms. 
The second ,f the latter series undertaken bv tlte Insfituti,m was nnm,unce«l 
in lhe 8eerctnry's report t;,r ls4S and fullv described in that for ls*9, as filhms- 
"The m,,sç important rep,_,rç n,,w in pragress is thaç on tlm fi,resç trees ,f 
N,,rtl Ameri«a, by Dr. Asa Gray, l'rofessor of B,,çanv in Harvml University. 
It is intended in this work t, give figures ff'oto the original drawings of the flowers, 
leaves, fruit, etc., of each lwincipal speeies in the United States pruper, ï,w the 
me»st part of{lin size of nature, nnd s« exeeuted as to fin'nisl e«»lm'ed «»r une«»l«n'cd 
eopiestlm firsç being inten,led to give an nde,luate idea. of tire speeies and the 
sec, md f,,r grcater deapness and more general diffusion. 
'" This w,wk will be eompleted in tlree parts, in ocav«, with an atlas ,ff 
quarto plates, t,le first 1)arç t,) be lmblished next .-I  [II1-'" r,- A p,,rti,,n of tlis will 
1,e oeeupied with an introduct,,rv dissertation giving tlm l,reseut stato ,,f «nir 
kn,,wledge, divested ns mueh as possible of all unneeessary teehnical tm'ns of 
the anatmny, morph,,h_,gy, and physiology of the tree, traeing its growth fi',»m 
the emlwvo to its full deveh,lmmnç ami repr«»duetim in the f,)rmati«,n ,f fruiçnml 
seed. This will be illustrated by drawings fl'llll ,,riginal ,lissecti,,ns un«hq" the 
ni«r,,se,l,e and sket«hes ronde in every instance fl',-,m nature. As tlm w«,rk will 
1)e a.dal,ted t,, general eomprehensian, it will be ,,f interesç to the popular as well 
as the seielfl.ific reader." * 

l'rafessor ][enry states in his report fi»r 1,qSll that " tle preparatiç, n c,f tlte 
report Oli the forest trees af North America, th,,ugh delttved in c,,n.-:equenee of 
tllê absence ,f tle nutl,,r. Dr. Gray of l[nrvard University, on - visit to Europe, 
is st.ill in progress. Ïhe illustrati,ms are in the hands of the artists, and the fit'st 
lmrt will lw,,bal*ly Iê published during tle present year. Tlm e,stof this rep,-,rt, 

:- F,,urlh Annunl Ih'p-rt of l'r.fes.,r ll,.m'y, f,,r 1,q],.. 



4 

on account of the elab,,rate illustrati,-,ns, will be greater tlmn was at, first anti«i- 
pated : consequentlv the publicati,m ,f the entire work lnust necessarilv 1,e sl,r«ad 
V('I" if lllll])Or (,f voars." 
The Ml,m'in" referenee is also ruade t, the work " 
'" Thc 1,r«,g'ress of the elabm'ate repart on the ri»test treee of N«»rll Ameriea, 
nenti,,ned in the last two reports, as fi,r s,,me rime arrested bv the al,sente 
thc author, Dr. Gray, in Europe. t[e has now, h,,u-erer, retm'ned, and will re- 
sume the preparation of the drawings as soon as the ftmds of the Iistitution will 
adroit of the exl»enditure. 
" This work has l-,roved a nmre expensire nndêrtaking than wns af first nn- 
- ticilmted, a,,l ean ,mly be finished on the m'iginal plan bv extending the 
its lml,lieation ,,ver several years. [ will fernt a raluable eontrilmti,,n l,, the 
I,,,tany nnd e«,,n,,lnienl nnd m'namental arts of out country." * 

To the 1,rcparation of this report on fvrest trees 1,y drnwin.,.,,'s and l,lates, 
the lnstituti,m der,,ted a consi,lerable sure during ten vears; but t, wing ta tl,e 
nmnv engagements ,,f l)r. t;l'R)', and other causes, no descriptive manuscril,t was 
,,ver r«ceived ff-mn him, and the expense of the illustrati,ms l)eeoming s, grea.t, 
l'r, ffessor I[enrv suspended the work, and the whole mat.ter was permitted t,» 
test until a more favorable opportuniy. This never came, the deat.h of Pro- 
fess,,r Ilenrv and ,m'essin.  ,lema.n,ls_ on the Institution fi,r other ,dzie,.s ln-e - 
vente, l its resumpti,m, and t.he plates alre;uly executed with so mu,:h eare and 
su«eess remnined af the residenee of Dr. çh'ay until his recent death, when 
lhev ere fin'war,le, l ta the Institution. 
Thev are now presented to the lmbli« at, the re, luest ,»f s, mm of out leadin«,d 
I,,,tnnists as l»,,ssessing great merit and value, evm without any deseriptir tekt., 
which, in view of the b,,tanieal works everywhere accessil.,le to the reader, would 
• st.mu to be unealled ri,t. 
Thev will be distributed t, the principal h,»tanists and lnttseunls of t.he w,,rhl 
as nementos ,,f the distinguished man wh,, gave so nlue] ,,f his lire and lah, a's 
fo this department of knowledge. 

,'.M IT n.,ON I A N [,NTSTITUTION, 
XV.tStttXaTOX f't'rv, J/aj, ls:tl. 

I,ANGI, EY, 

F'iîth lb,par| «,f l'r fi,¢s,»r ll,.nry, f,,r 1.c-;51 



-/ 

0 



AOER SPIGATUM. .v]-r-trt t ai t 



I 



.I 

Oe]SCULUS' -[S "C.-P.. 



ri.40. 

--1. 



• . 



PYR U 7 

n OR 0HARIA. 



 MAR 



.1111 llJl'llll I I II IIIIII I II IIII I1 I»11 
3. 9088 00061 0261