Auckland: E Craig, Ca. 1890. Hardcover. Album of mounted dried fern specimens, 30 leaves most with printed identifying botanical label laid down, a few with manuscript caption in period ink. The album was compiled by Eric Craig of Princes Street, Auckland, known as "the fern man".
Eric Craig (1829-1923) was a collector, publisher and natural history dealer who ran a shop called 'Craig's Curiosity Shop, The Fern and Curiosity Dealer' and collected Maori artifacts, shells and kauri gum Greenstone.
"New Zealand Ferns mounted by Eric Craig" business stamp at first and last page of the album. Folio, maroon gilt buckram boards with gilt title surrounded in a Maori influenced design. Front and rear boards detached but present, spine perished. Small previous owner printed label at front paste down, William W. Whitmarsh. One plate missing 1 fern leaf, otherwise very good condition, the ferns very well preserved.
The National Library of New Zealand records 2 copies of "New Zealand Ferns", Alexander Turnbull Library copy ATL.SPEC P f 587.309931 CAR 189- (71075). Trove 40251679 locates 2 variant copies with carved wooden boards, at State Library South Australia and University of Wollongong.
The Auckland Museum holds Craig's fern specimens: "In 1923 he presented to Auckland Museum several hundred New Zealand and overseas mounted fern specimens to the Cheeseman Herbarium. " (Botany - Herbarium Eric Craig Fern Collection,1977 - 1978,MUS-2008-15 ). Very good overall. Item #24932