“AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF BOTANY,” 1835
Botany was considered the best (or to some, the only) science for women to study. It was genteel and feminine (no killing or dissecting animals); required little specialized equipment; was “easy” for the feminine mind to grasp; and was allied to female pursuits like flower painting and arranging. Botany instruction books like this one were plentiful, for use in schools or by enthusiasts at home.
J.L. Comstock, Printed by Robinson, Pratt & Co., New York
Leather and paper
4.625” x 7.625”
Gift of Hazel K. Hoggett, 62.13