Selections of the Month

Selection of the Month: October 2015

October Selection 2015 

Twelve Edible Mushrooms Common to the United States
Illustrated by Thomas Taylor
Printed by A. Hoen & Co. Lithocaustic, Baltimore

Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture. 1885
Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC.: Government Printing Office, 1885
Gould Library Government Documents

In addition to his skills as an illustrator, Thomas Taylor was a mostly self-taught researcher and the first chief of the Division of Microscopy at the Department of Agriculture.  He made comparison studies of the tissues of diseased and health plants and recommended methods of disease control, and often illustrated his reports himself. He took an ongoing interest in edible mushrooms and published the Students’ Handbook of Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms in 1897.