American Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, Collection of 5 original ink drawings.
American Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, Collection of 5 original ink drawings.

SERENO WATSON (1826-1892)

American Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, Collection of 5 original ink drawings.

1867 to 1869 America

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An extremely rare and important group of five botanical ink drawings by the botanist, Sereno Watson, relating to Clarence King's geological expedition through California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado, between 1867-69. The completed survey was published in the " Report of the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, made by Order of the Secretary of War According to Acts of Congress of March 2, 1867, and March 3, 1869, under the Direction of Brig. and Bvt. Major General A.A.Humphreys, Chief of Engineers, by Clarence King."

Volume 5 of the report, entitled "Botany ", is by Sereno Watson. The illustrations of the plants are not identical to our drawings which are likely to be Watson's fieldwork drawings of Western American plants being discovered and named for the first time.

Hailed as the first of the " Great Surveys " of the Fortieth Parallel, Clarence King's vision was to survey across the West from the crest of the Sierra Nevada to the western slope of the Rockies. During five seasons between 1867-69 Watson collected over 19,000 plant specimans in Nevada and Utah. Many of these now form part of the Smithsonian's botanical collection at the National Museum of Natural History.
Good condition
Dimensions
Height 11.50 inch (29.21 cm)
Width 7.10 inch (18.03 cm)
Medium
ink on paper
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