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Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927). The Silva of North America. 

The Silva of North America: A Description of the Trees which Grow Naturally in North America Exclusive of Mexico.  Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1890-1902.  14 folios volumes with 740 engraved plates delineated by Charles Edward Faxon.  Sargent was the first director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University."At the first glance through the book, everyone must admire the fullness and beauty of the plates.  They were made in Paris, from drawings from life, by Faxon, the foremost botanical artist in America… these are so tellingly drawn and arranged, any one with the slightest smattering of botany is enabled to identify each tree, even without referring to the text."—From John Muir, "Sargent's Silva" Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 92, July 1903.Print: 17½" x 13"

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