‘Lost’ Book Rediscovered

‘Lost’ book of exquisite scientific drawings rediscovered after 190 years. Decades of searching uncovered the brilliantly illustrated plants and detailed notes made by a U.S. woman living in Cuba in the 1800s.

An article about the work of Anne Wollstonecraft, who created volumes of detailed botany illustrations in 19th-century Cuba. Rediscovered after almost 200 years, her work includes historical facts, indigenous applications, poetry, and personal observations about more than a hundred plant types.

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Anne Sauer, director of Cornell University’s Rare and Manuscript Collections, flips through the Wollestoncraft manuscript in the library archives. (Photo by Robert Clark.)

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