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

Identifier: MS.10306

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.


  • Creation: Mid 19th century-?late 19th century.

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186 Leaves ; Quarto.

Language of Materials



186 folios.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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