Pierre Bulliard (1752-1793) 
Flora Parisiensis : Ou, Descriptions Et Figures Des Plantes Qui Croissent Aux Environs De Paris. 
Paris: P.F. Didot, 1776-1783. 

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Plate 625 - Fungus phalloides Vaill.

Jean Baptiste Francois Bulliard, (1752-1793) [Pierre Bulliard] was born in Aubepierre, France on November 24, 1752. He studied medicine in Langres, and in hospices in Clairvaux and Paris, where he set up his own practice. Bulliard began his botanical studies at the Abbey of Clairvaux and was a pupil of Jean Jacques Rousseau. He became one of the foremost French botanists of the eighteenth century.


Joseph Sturm (1771-1848) 
Deutschlands Flora In Abbildungen Nach Der Natur Mit Beschreibungen. 
Nurnberg: Gedruckt auf kosten des verfassers, 1798-[1862] 

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Plate 35 - Amanita phalloides virescens Pers.

Jakob Sturm (1771-1848) was born in Nuremberg, Germany, the only son of engraver Johann Georg Sturm. He received only a modest formal education before entering his apprenticeship under his father, who trained him in the art of drawing and copperplate engraving.

Sturm is considered by some to be the most famous engraver of entomological and botanical publications in Germany at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Sturm's plates are very delicately drawn and depict the smallest details. They enjoyed a great popularity among naturalists. He deliberately chose a minute format in order to make knowledge of the German flora available by pictures to as many as possible and as cheaply as possible.


[Flora Danica]. 
Icones Plantarum Sponte Nascentium In Regnis Daniæ Et Norvegiæ, In Ducatibus Slesvici Et Holsatiæ.
Hafniæ, typis [fratrum] C. [& A.] Philiberti, 1766 [i.e. 1761]-1883.

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(L) Hæfte 36, Plate 2143 - Agaricus phalloides Horn.

(R) Hæfte 36, Plate 2145 - Agaricus phalloides Vaill. var.

In 1753 German botanist Georg Christian Oeder, then professor of botany at the Royal Botanical Institution in Copenhagen, proposed the publication of a Flora Danica with folio-sized pictures of all wild plants in Denmark. The aim was to popularize botany and in that way enhance the knowledge of the useful and harmful characters of the various plants. The first part of the book was published in 1761 (ahead of schedule) and the last part was published 113 years later in 1874. Oeder was fired as editor in 1772 and replaced by the zoologist O.F. Müller. Following him, 11 different botanists were in charge of publishing Flora Danica.
The plates appeared in a hand-painted edition and a cheaper plain one. The bulk of the work consists of 51 parts + 3 supplements, containing 3240 copper engraved plate.


Harald Othmar Lenz (1799-1870) 
Die Nützlichen Und Schädlichen Schwämme, Nebst Einem Anhange Über Die Islandische Flechte. 
2. Aufl. 
Gotha: Becker, 1840.

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Taf 1, 1 - Agaricus phalloides


Harald Othmar Lenz (1799-1870) 
Die Nützlichen Und Schädlichen Schwämme, Nebst Einem Anhange Über Die Islandische Flechte. 
5. Aufl. 
Gotha: Thienemann, 1874. 

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Knollenblatterpilz = Amanita phalloides

Taf 3, 15 - Knollenblatterpilz 


J. B. (Jean Baptiste) Barla (1817-1896) 
Les Champignons De La Province De Nice.
Nice: Impr. Canis Frères, 1859.

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Barla was a well known French mycologist and the director of the Natural History Museum at Nice. Beginning in 1840, Barla casted thousands of wax models of mushrooms.

Plate 4 - Agaricus phalloides Fries.


Rev. M. J. (Miles Joseph) Berkeley (1803-1889)
Outlines Of British Fungology.
London: L. Reeve, 1860.

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Plate 3, figure 1 - Agaricus phalloides

Miles Joseph Berkeley was born in Northamptonshire, England on 1 April 1803. He became attracted to natural history from an early period, and his scientific tendencies, both zoological and botanical, were kept alive and vigorous while he was  at Christ's College, Cambridge. During  summers in Scotland (Loch Lomond in 1823 and Oban in 1824), he made considerable collections of specimens of animals and plants. 

Mr. Berkeley was admitted as a deacon and curate of Stibbington, near Wansford, on December 1, 1826, and here he was ordained a priest on December 23, 1827. During this time he made many drawings of fungi and began to publish his numerous cryptogamic publications. 

In 1879 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society, and shortly after presented his extensive collection of fungi, amounting to upwards of 10,000 species, to Kew. It has been estimated that the collection contains 4,866 type specimens named by himself, and that Berkeley must have named a total of nearly 6,000 species.


M. C. (Mordecai Cubitt) Cooke (1825-1914)
Handbook Of British Fungi, With Full Descriptions Of All The Species.
London, New York: Macmillan and co., 1871.

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Mordecai Cubitt Cooke (1825-1914) was a British mycologist and phycologist at the India Museum (1861-1880) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1880-1892). He made important studies in Australia and Great Britain and wrote and illustrated natural history books and journals. Cooke sold his popular magazine Science Gossip in order to produce the more scientific publication Grevillea. He also wrote the popular early account of psychopharmacology The Seven Sisters of Sleep in 1860.

Plate 2 - Amanita phalloides note at bottom of plate written by Farlow.


circa 1890s
Joseph Bridgham (1845-1915) 
unpublished watercolor and pen & ink drawing 

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Watercolor - incorrectly identified as Amanita phalloides pale form but probably Amanita mappa 
Pen & Ink - identified as Amanita phalloides 

Joseph Bridgham achieved recognition in the scientific world as an entomologist and a nature illustrator. Much of Bridgham's work was commissioned by the United States government, but he also worked for colleges and institutions throughout the United States and other countries. He worked with Professor William Farlow from 1889-1899 on the fungi of North America. During this period he also produced a set of illustrations of North America flowers for Columbia College in New York.


Thomas Taylor (1820-1910)
Student's Hand-Book Of Mushrooms Of America Edible And Poisonous.
Washington: A. R. Taylor, 1897-98

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Thomas Taylor is credited with the introduction of plant pathology into federal agricultural research. 

Born in Pertshire, Scotland, Taylor was interested and educated in a wide variety of subjects. He studied physics and chemistry at Glasgow University, art and drawing at the British School of design, and medicine at Georgetown University. His background in botany was largely self-taught. 

Taylor was appointed to be the first microscopist to the United States Department of Agriculture in 1871. There he was responsible for the first USDA publications on microscopic plant pathogens. One of Taylor's particular interests was pathogenic fungi. He published several descriptions of edible and poisonous mushrooms, with recipes.Taylor was not particularly popular with his colleagues, and much of his work was disregarded due to his informal training in botany. Though his work in phytopathology was criticized for being small in scale, Taylor pursued his interests earnestly.

Plate XV, figure 8 - (Amanita) phalloides Fries.


circa 1910
Lizzie C. Allen
unpublished watercolor

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Plate identified as A. phalloides but probably not (original watercolor from Farlow Archives).


William A. Murrill (1869-1957)
Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms.
New York: The author, 1916.

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Figure 32 - Venenarius phalloides (Amanita phalloides).

William Alphonso Murrill was a mycologist, taxonomist, and writer, with a particular expertise in the Agaricales. He collected over 70,000 specimens of fungi in North and South America, and the Caribbean. Using the American Code of Botanical Nomenclature, Murrill identified and described many new genera and species as well as revising existing taxa. The bulk of his career was spent at the New York Botanical Garden. A prolific writer, Murrill published over five hundred scientific articles on a wide range of botanical subjects. He also founded and served as editor of Mycologia (1909-1924), edited the Journal of the New York Botanical Garden (1906-1908), and was a contributor to North American Flora. In 1924 he retired both from the NYBG and from professional life altogether. During the 1930's he became associated with the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he resumed mycological study and publication until his death in 1957.  


circa 1920s
Eliza B. Blackford (1857-1935)
unpublished watercolor

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Plate identified as A. phalloides but probably not accurate.

Eliza B. Blackford was born Eliza B. Larsh in Eaton, Ohio in 1847. She was educated in the public schools there and married a classmate, Levi Blackford. Her husband became a minister and they moved to Boston where she began to study drawing and painting under the best teachers at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. When she graduated, she had pupils of her own and was a substitute teacher at the school. Eventually she joined the staff of the Museum of Fine Arts where she stayed until her retirement in 1925. She travelled abroad and read French, German and Italian. She took a great interest in botany, particularly fungi. Besides working at the MFA, she was president of the Boston Mycological Club for several years and had four mushrooms named for her by Charles Peck, a leading mycologist of the time. She also belonged to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Boston Malacological  Club, the Copley Society of Art, and the Ramblers Group of the Field and Forest Club. She died in January 1935 after a short illness, and left paintings and specimens to the Farlow Herbarium.