Album of Adam White, the naturalist (1817-1879), entitled on the cover 'Weeds and wild flowers'. Edit




  • Mid 19th century-?late 19th century. (Creation)


  • 186 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    A draft title-page (folio 24) suggests that in 1850 Adam White was proposing to publish a work on 'Weeds and wild-flowers loved by Wordsworth', and the first part of the album contains a collection of materials towards this purpose: drawings and engravings of wild flowers with some specimens of pressed flowers, newspaper-cuttings, and copies of letters and poems of Wordsworth.

    The collection of information is then extended to include other poets: Coleridge, Cowper, Southey, Tennyson and James Montgomery. It includes letters to White from Montgomery, and drawings by White of Cowper's house at Olney, along with numerous engravings and newspaper-cuttings.

    Finally, possibly after White's death, the album was used for a general autograph collection, some of the items being in facsimile.

  • Arrangement

    186 folios.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's, 29 October, 1968, lot 456.