Skinner, Elsie T. | Collection of Flowers Classified According to Natural Orders

  • An attractive and carefully organised herbarium, probably produced during the 1930s as a advanced student project. It contains 151 carefully mounted specimens, presenting a remarkable 121 different species from around the UK, almost all of which are labelled with both their scientific and common names. The plants are organised by genera, which is given on the recto facing the specimens. The specimens are generally still in good condition, most retaining their texture and even some colour. Among the most attractive are the tufted and kidney vetch, gorse, lesser celandine, woody nightshade, comfrey, cotton grass, heather, cultivated honeysuckle, willow herb, scabious, purple loose-strife, spotted orchis, mallow, and wood anemone. While many could be obtained locally in and around London, others, such as heather and crowberry, would have been collected from more remote areas.

    We were able to locate two St. Katharine’s Colleges, one a short-lived teacher training college near Liverpool. It seems more likely that the student responsible for this herbarium attended St. Katharine’s College in Tottenham, greater London. Opened in 1878, it operated independently until 1964, when it merged with Berridge College to form The College of All Saints, which was later absorbed into Middlesex University.

  • St. Katharine’s College, [c. 1930s].

    Oblong octavo (250 x 310 mm), 73 leaves. Original grey paper wrappers, bound with brass studs and staples, titles in white paint to the upper wrapper. Containing 151 individual specimens representing 121 species, mounted with narrow tape strips. Wrappers a little rubbed and creased, with a chip at the base of the spine, title slightly rubbed, two gatherings loose. Very good condition.