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More Treasures from the Vault

While compiling the list of 50 objects to feature in Tales and Treasures, the Sterling Morton Library staff had difficulty culling down the list. Here are a few of their favorite finds that didn't quite make it into the exhibit. See them for yourself by setting up an appointment with the Special Collections staff at Sterling Morton Library.
  • Mexican Bouquet by Clarice Hamill, published 1946
    Suzette Morton Davidson, granddaughter of Joy Morton, was an accomplished graphic designer and “proprietress of the Pocahontas Press, a notable Chicago-area private press of the day.” This guide to the exotic flowering trees, shrubs, and vines of Mexico contains hand colored illustrations, descriptions, and an index in Latin, Spanish, English, and local Indian dialects.
  • Outline of The Morton Arboretum Development largely written by Clarence Godshalk between 1921 and 1965
    Dig into the development of the Arboretum through this yearly account by its founding landscape architect and longtime director.
  • “Path of Joy,” an early landscape plan by Godshalk
    Trained as a landscape architect, Godshalk started his employment at the Arboretum in 1921 and served as its director from 1939 to 1966. Commissioned by Morton, Godshalk created this plan for what we now know as Joy Path.
  • Hortus Nitidissimis by Christoph Jacob Trew, published 1750-1786
    This is a first edition of a lavishly illustrated work on garden plants that is regarded by some as one of the most decorative works on ornamental plants of the mid-18th century.
  • “Notitiae on the Improvements Proposed for Trent Park & House, Middx.,” created in 1815
    This manuscript plan was created by Lewis Kennedy for the landscaping of Trent Park, surrounding a palatial house in England. It is illustrated with five full-page watercolors of landscapes, five full-page wash drawings, and five wash vignettes in the text.
  • Flower Kit, made approximately in 1877
    A collection of items for making paper flowers includes sheets of colored tissue paper; petal-shaped tissue; paper leaves, pistils, buds and stamens; wire; and an instructional book on the making of paper flowers.
  • “Twelve Months of Flowers” by Robert Furber, published in 1730
    This celebrated and much-copied catalog of flowers was published by Furber, a nurseryman from Kensington, then on the outskirts of London.
  • “Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia” by James Edward Smith and John Abbot, published 1797
    The earliest illustrated monograph exploring the butterflies and moths of North America.