HOUGH, ROMEYN B. The American Woods, exhibited by actual specimens and with copious explanatory text.
Lowville, N. Y.: By the Author, 1894-1895-1900-1910-1917. Third edition of volumes I and II; second edition of volume III; first editions of volumes IV-X. Ten volumes [of an eventual fourteen]. Text volumes in original wrappers followed by loose card in green cloth chemises, in leather slipcases, gilt lettered with metal clasps. 9 x 6 inches (22.6 x 15 cm); in-text illustrations, 759 samples of wood: paper-thin sections showing transverse, radial or tangential views, illustrating 250 species, window-mounted in 253 leaves of card. Bindings worn, many without spines and one or two missing clasps, some interior wear and cracking to samples, sold as is.
An important work on American trees and woods. Hough states it is "illustrated by actual specimens, and being in this way an exhibition of nature itself. It possesses a peculiar and great interest never found in a press-printed book." The text volumes are in the original wrappers, followed by loose card with mounted wood samples. Each species is shown with wood cut on transverse section, radial section, and tangential section on one card. BM Natural History II:880 (Parts 1-8 only); Servies 9016 (citing all fourteen volumes); Stafleu & Cowan II:341; Taxonomic Literature II:341.
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