noun ( pl. -bariums or -baria |-ˈbe(ə)rēə|)
a systematically arranged collection of dried plants.
- a room or building housing such a collection.
- a box, cabinet, or other receptacle in which dried plants are kept.
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from late Latin, from Latin herba‘grass, herb.’
Somewhat incongruously, this folio has a note pasted inside the cover detailing the interest owed and collected from M. Jean Petit. Naughty M. Petit!
Contents are grouped in individual little folders by family. These plates are from the Papillonnacées family.
Most were collected along the Route de Paris in the 1920s.
The folio contains over 100 plates, all meticulously labelled.
The collection and pressing of plants was a favourite pastime of many in years gone by, and there are many antique specimens available.
But what a treat to find a lovely collection that has been kept intact for all these years.