Lot #115
Robert Brown Autograph Letter Signed

Handwritten letter by Robert Brown on "the Specimens of Orchidea belonging to the Banksian Herbarium"
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Estimate: $600+

Description

Handwritten letter by Robert Brown on "the Specimens of Orchidea belonging to the Banksian Herbarium"

Scottish botanist and palaeobotanist (1773-1858) whose pioneering use of the microscope led to valuable contributions in his field, including the observation of Brownian motion. ALS signed “R. Brown,” one page, 7.25 x 9, September 19, 1831. Handwritten letter to botanist John Lindley of the Horticultural Society, in part: "I have to acquaint you that the Specimens of Orchidea belonging to the Banksian Herbarium which I stated in my answer to your letter of the 6th of last month respecting this Family of Plants, were not then accessible, are now put into the same state as those you have already seen and may theretofore be examined by you on any Tuesday or Thursday within the hours mentioned in my in my answer to your Letter." In fine condition.

Shortly before his death, Joseph Banks bequeathed his herbarium to his librarian Robert Brown on the condition that it would become the property of the British Museum on Brown’s death. Brown transferred the collection to the museum in 1827 and was appointed Keeper of the Banksian Botanical Collection, charged with overseeing the specimens for the rest of his life.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Science & Tech
  • Dates: #622 - Ended December 08, 2021





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