A botantist and Amherst
College professor, Tuckerman spent 20 years studying the
flora and other natural features of New Hampshire¹s
White Mountains. Tuckerman produced this particular work
on American lichens by mounting actual specimens onto
paper. The labels and title page are printed, blurring
the line between a collection and a printed book: the
collection exists only in the book; and though multiple
sets were published, each one contains individual specimens.
Tuckerman¹s herbarium still exists, located at the
Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany at Harvard University
(Editor's note: This caption updated on 6/30/03).