Booklet, Letters and Dried Fern Specimens, William Colenso

Maker
Colenso, William
Production date
1893

Object detail

Brief Description
Booklet and letters written by William Colenso as follows:

a) A small Votive Souvenir from the Fairies and the Elves of these Sylvan glades. Dannevirke, June 1893. The booklet consists of a two-part letter from William Colenso to Dr de Lisle and a collection of fourteen dried and pressed fern cuttings labelled with their botanical names. The first letter, dated 31 May 1893, concerns William Colenso's activities since his last letter to Dr de Lisle. The second letter, dated 3 June 1893, concerns the ferns that he had collected.

The dried ferns include specimens of:
Trichomanes venosum
Asplenium flaccidum (tip only)
Polypodium Billardicre (min)
Hymenophyllum sanguinolentum
Lomavia fluviatilis (min)
Todea pellucida (min: part only)
Aspidium Richardi (min)
Polypodium Rugulasum (min)
Hymenophyllum scabrum (var)
Hypolepis (small portion only)
Pellaea rotundifolia (min)
Polypodium sylvaticum (min. young)
Lomaria fluviatilis (tip of fertile frond)
Asplenium bulbiferum (min)

b) A typed transcript of the letter dated 31 May 1893.
Production date
1893
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
Paper printed with grey lines, handwritten with black ink. Ferns attached to paper with strips of adhesive paper
Measurements
Length x Width: 204 x 125mm
Length x Width: 190 x 127mm
Signature/Inscription
C. BADDELEY, / RAILWAY HOTEL, / DANNEVIRKE., Logo, Printed
Colenso Papers / Vol. 1., Inscription, Handwritten
Subject period
Subject date
1890s
Credit line
gifted by Miss Ray Wilson c/o Sainsbury, Logan & Williams, Napier
Other number(s)
m58/41, 54136

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