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North American Wild Flowers
by Mary Vaux Walcott (1860-1940)
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institute, 1925
5 volumes. (edition limited to 500)
Photoengravings "Smithsonian Process" • Sheet size: 9.25 x 12.5inches
Original descriptive text (or photocopy) accompanies print whenever possible.


Mary Vaux Walcott collecting wild flowers in Canada, 1920s. photographer unknown

photo courtesy of Smithsonian Institute

During her early years, on family summer vacations to the Rockies, Mary Vaux (rhymes with fox) developed into an accomplished amateur botanist, watercolorist, and mountaineer. Her wildflower publication was to become "the Audubon of Botany," and a 10,000-ft. peak in Jasper Park was named for her. After she married Dr. Charles D. Walcott, a noted geologist and Secretary of the Smithsonian, she accompanied him on his field trips. "This afforded me a wonderful opportunity for intimate study of the flora, my aim being to collect and paint the finest specimens obtainable, and to depict the natural grace and beauty of the plant without conventional design." She typically sketched while the pack-trains were stopped or being made ready, often warming her hands first by a small fire, and then finished the beautiful watercolors once back home in the East. Because of the short and tentative season of the wildflowers, and the often inhospitable locations on mountainsides, this endeavor occupied many seasons and arduous trips.

"As time went on and the collection grew, botanists, artists, and others interested in flowers began to urge that the water-color sketches should be permanently preserved and made available for students and lovers of the beautiful in Nature, before the dust of time faded and browned them to the hues of the pressed flowers of the herbaria." The result was the publication in 1925 of these astonishing volumes containing over 400 colored lithographic prints. Indeed, they deserve to be called "the Audubon of Botany."

The selection of prints below is from the 1925 Smithsonian edition of
"North American Wildflowers" which was a limited edition of 500.
"Smithsonian Process" photoengravings with strong plate marks.
Sheet size is approx. 9.25 x 12.5 inches. Plate mark is at approximately 6.5 x 9.75 inches.

Each print is accompanied by a 1 page description written by Mary Vaux Walcott when available.

PLEASE NOTE: THE ENTIRE SHEET IS TOO LARGE TO SCAN, BUT THE MARGINS ARE ALL FULL AND COMPLETE.
(click on a thumbnail to see the larger view)

Nodding and Slender Ladies-Tresses
Plate 4
Nodding Ladies-tresses
Slender Ladies-Tresses

$35

Pink Fumeroot
Plate 5
Pink Fumeroot

$40

Lake Louise Arnica
Plate 10
Lake Louise Arnica

$40

Cottongrass
Plate 12
Cottongrass

$20
(image offset, see enlargement)

Plate 19 Oconee-Bells
Plate 19
Oconee-Bells

$40

Plate 21 Burgess Milkvetch
Plate 21
Burgess Milkvetch

$40

Plate 23 Toad Trillium
Plate 23
Toad Trillium

$30
(very faint image transfer)

Plate 26 Redbud
Plate 26
Redbud

$30
(very faint image transfer)

Plate 29 Pickerelweed
Plate 29
Pickerelweed

$35

Plate 30 Creeping Hollygrape
Plate 30
Creeping Hollygrape

$40

Plate 31  Red Chokeberry
Plate 31
Red Chokeberry

$45

Plate 34 Lily Twayblade
Plate 34
Lily Twayblade

$35

Plate 36 Butterflyweed
Plate 36
Butterflyweed

Plate 37 Skunkcabbage
Plate 37
Skunkcabbage

$40

Plate 40 Virginia Spiderwort
Plate 40
Virginia Spiderwort

$50

Plate 42 Purple Saxifrage
Plate 42
Purple Saxifrage

Plate 44 Rabbitbean
Plate 44
Rabbitbean

$45

Plate 45 Tuliptree
Plate 45
Tuliptree

$45

Plate 47  Red Buckeye
Plate 47
Red Buckeye

$45

Plate 48 Rose Paintbrush
Plate 48
Rose Paintbrush

$45

Plate 56 Kruhsea
Plate 56
Kruhsea

$45

Plate 56a Kruhsea (fruit of Plate 56)
Plate 56a
Kruhsea
(fruit of Plate 56)

$50

Plate 57 Arethusa
Plate 57
Arethusa

$50

Plate 61 Pink Fleabane
Plate 61
Pink Fleabane

$50
(sorry, no text available)

Plate 62 Labrador Tea
Plate 62
Labrador Tea

Plate 63 Northern Bedstraw
Plate 63
Northern Bedstraw

$35

Plate 73 Ivory Baneberry
Plate 73
Ivory Baneberry

$40

Plate 74 Pink Mountainheather
Plate 74
Pink Mountainheather

$45

Plate 75 Rocky Mountain Cassiope
Plate 75
Rocky Mountain Cassiope

$50

Plate 76 One-Leaf Bog-Orchid
Plate 76
One-Leaf Bog-Orchid

$35

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