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History of the Plants of Switzerland

Vellum bound 1769 copy of Haller’s History of the Plants of Switzerland, in Latin and containing detailed annotations in the front and back covers and throughout. (Box 1)

von Haller, Albrecht, 1708-1777, anatomist, physiologist, naturalist, encyclopaedist, bibliographer and poet

Print of Jacque Balma

Portrait of Jacques Balmat wearing a navy jacket and purple waistcoat in a circular, ageing stone frame; beneath is an old ledge under which is a old, cracked, inscribed tablet supported by two wooden bars; an axe and a broken spear cross each other beneath the portrait; foliage grows around the whole structure. Source: British Museum collection, where additional copies are held.
(Box 3)

von Mechel, Christian

Print of Michel Gabriel Pacard

Portrait of Michel Gabriel Pacard in a circular frame; beneath is a ledge on which is an engraved plaque; beneath this is a picture with a view of Mont Blanc in a gold frame; foliage and pink ribbon decorate the structure.
Etching with hand-colouring. Source: British Museum collection, where copies of this portrait are also held.
(Box 3)

Bacler D'Albe, Louis, 1761-1824, printmaker, painter/draughtsman

Thomas Blaikie collection

  • GB235 BLT
  • Fonds
  • 1769 - 1890

The collection dates between 1769 and c2003 and comprises:

  • 3 notebooks including financial records, language studies and diaries;
  • 17 pieces of correspondence and handwritten notes;
  • a printed compendium of Swiss flora;
  • a copy of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress;
  • 4 prints of notable 18th century French figures; and
  • two photographs of items which belonged to Blaikie's family.

Blaikie, Thomas, 1751-1838, gardener

Thomas Blaikie diary 1775-1781

Diary covering the period 1775 to 1781 including an account of a collecting trip in the Swiss Alps and a list of plants collected and sent to Fothergill and Pitcairn from Bourdigny in November 1775. The first page has been cut out.

Contains a loose and undated handwritten note in English and French on particular dates and points in Blaikie's life including residence, age and date of death. (Box 1)

Blaikie, Thomas, 1751-1838, gardener

Thomas Blaikie textbooks

Two textbooks - Haller's 'History of the Plants of Switzerland' published in 1769 and Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress' published in 1775. Both include some degree of annotation or inscription.

Bunyan, John, 1628-1688, author