Main content

Album of British mosses


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

A green, leather-bound album with 101 leaves containing a herbarium of British mosses with collected botanical specimens spanning the years 1854 to 1870. The album appears to be arranged by a classification from a catalogue of British mosses. Each leaf is numbered in the upper right corner. Printed black-and-white illustrations--possibly cut out from a book--of the mosses are on each leaf of the volume. Pasted below the black-and-white image is a collected moss specimen. Noted beside each moss specimen is the date and place of collection, and in many cases the initials of the collector. There appears to be several contributors to the volume, but the compiler is unnamed. The orders of mosses and names are written on each leaf. Some leaves, specifically leaves fifty-one to eighty-six, have only the illustrations with a space left for a specimen. The following items laid in the volume are now contained in Folder 1. There is a slim, lined note book with numbered leaves, thirteen to twenty-four, comprising a handwritten list of mosses with the corresponding leaf number in the herbarium. There are two leaves of notes in chart form, one entitled "Science gossip" and the other "Transactions of the botanical Edinburgh, 1858 to 1868." There are two handwritten bifolia with notations entitled "Catalogue of British mosses, arranged after the method of Schimper's synopsis muscorum, and containing the new species, March 1866." Lastly, in Folder 1 are two printed items, one is a bifolia entitled "Catalogue of British mosses, compiled from the latest sources, by Henry Boswell, 1873" and an order subscription form for Water-life. The other leaves laid in the volume contained in Folder 2 are drying papers used as a middle stage in collecting botanical specimens. Some of the papers are labeled with specimen names. Once the mosses were dry they were placed in the appropriate place in the herbarium.

Sold by Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood (Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom), 2015.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Donna Brandolisio
Finding Aid Date
December 2015
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Collection Inventory

Request to View Materials

Materials can be requested by first logging in to Aeon. Then, click on the ADD button next to any containers you wish to request. When complete, click the Request button.

Request item to view
Album of British mosses, 1854-1873. 1 volume.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 volume+ 2 folders

Print, Suggest