Colden, Jane. Botanic Manuscript. Edited by H.W. Rickett and Elizabeth C. Hall. NY?, Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties, NY, [1963.]

This is a reprint of Jane Colden Farquhar’s Botanic Manuscript, the original of which is held by the British Library; it is one of the earliest American local floras, describing, locating, and identifying the plants near her home in the Hudson River Valley. It covers 400 species of plants. She made leaf prints and drawings. She and her father, Cadwallader Colden, the first surveyor general of New York State and also a botanist, sent her work to Linnaeus. Jane lived 1724-66, dying in childbirth. She also corresponded with John Bartram, a noted plantsman in America; she was one of the first women to study the Linnaean system. Our copy is a 1963 reprint.

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