Title: The Naturalist’s and Traveller’s Companion, Fold-out engraving, Boxes for conveying Plants by Sea

Creator: Lettsom, John Coakley, 1744-1815.

Date: 1799

Bibliographic Citation: Lettsom, John Coakley, 1744-1815. The Naturalist’s and Traveller’s Companion. London: C. Dilly, 1799.

Notes: Bemoaning the arrival of exotic seeds and plants to Europe which are no longer viable and thus unable to enrich “the gardens of the curious,” section three of The Naturalist’s and Traveller’s Companion provides detailed directions for the collection and packaging of seeds and plants aboard sea-going vessels. The section includes engraved plates depicting varied designs for containers for transporting living plants.

Physical Description: image.figure (illustration).black and white 21,5 × 39 cm

Language: English

Description: All of the proposed container designs incorporate covers to help protects the plants from the manifold hazards of the journey, including, exposure to “strong sunshine,” the “minute particles of salt-water with which the air is charged, whenever the waves have white frothy curls upon them,” “the frequent inconvenience of the rolling of ships, which sometimes unearths the plants” and finally, “to prevent the dogs or cats from getting at them.”

Subject: Natural history — Technique.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Interpersonal Print

Exhibition Theme: Networks of Correspondence

Call Number: QH60 L4 Rare Books/Special Collections – Macdonald Rare Book Collection

Image Identifier: 1a_000591420_lettsom-engraving