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Stracey, Benard, 1874–1944
Collection of flower, grass, lichen, and tree specimens, collected in Switzerland.
Switzerland ; Scotland, 1889-1890.
Physical Description:
158 sheets ; each 39 x 24 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2012 35
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Collection of 158 flower, grass, lichen, and tree specimens collected in Switzerland in 1889 and 1890. The sheets bearing each specimen are ruled in red and black and have (at bottom right) a printed label completed in manuscript. For each specimen, the compilers have recorded a number of the corresponding species in the eighth edition of The London Catalogue of British Plants (1886), when appropriate. In the remaining fields of the label, the compilers record the species name (in binomial nomenclature), English name (usually left blank), order, locality, "remarks," collector's name, date, and a sequential numbering. Altitude is occasionally noted. The collectors are recorded as B. Stracey (most prolifically), H.J. Stracey, Johann Biner, M.R. Ruff, and E. Cousin. All locations recorded are Swiss.
It is likely that two of the collectors are Bernard Stracey and Herbert James Stracey, brothers hailing from Edinburgh. Bernard Stracey (1874-1944) would later become active in the fields of psychiatry and conchology (see: Mercian Geologist, 2013:18). Herbert James Stracey (b. 1873) would become an agent in the East Indian Railway (see: Who's who in India, 1927). The Johann Biner recorded on these sheets is probably the same as the Zermatt-based mountaineering guide who died, aged 23, in an accident on the Matterhorn in 1893 (see: "Down the Matterhorn to Death" Chicago Tribune, September 11, 1893, p. 3). Ruff and Cousin are not yet fully identified.
The localities noted include Chateau d'Oex (most frequently), Villeneuve (Lac Leman), Basel, Zermatt, Lucerne, Grellingen, and Saint Moritz, and many others. Specimens collected from April to September, 1889, are generally clustered around Chateau d'Oex. Those collected from March to July, 1890, are more frequently clustered around Basel. E. Cousin may have served as guide for the 1890 excursions.
Subject Terms:
Botanical specimens -- Collection and preservation -- Great Britain.
Botanical specimens -- Switzerland -- Specimens.
Flowers -- Collection and preservation -- Great Britain.
Flowers -- Switzerland -- Specimens.
Grasses -- Collection and preservation -- Great Britain.
Grasses -- Switzerland -- Specimens.
Trees -- Collection and preservation -- Great Britain.
Trees -- Switzerland -- Specimens.
Stracey, Herbert James, 1873-
Biner, Johann, -1893.

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