Special Auxiliary Collection Offer

Section of  Presentation prepared by Jon P. Speller


  Special Auxiliary Collection Offer related to the 1,300 wood section cataloged residuary collection of Hough's American Woods Visual Aid Kit in 1958
 


The Special Auxiliary Collection of Hough's American Woods Basic Visual Aid Kit wood specimens comprises 1,300 wood sections, cut by Romeyn Beck Hough himself, that includes transverse, radial or tangential translucent actual wood sections of ten selected species representing 46 States of the US, or 92% of the states the United States, as well as some Canadian Provinces and areas of Mexico. 

The 1,300 rare Wood Specimen Special Auxiliary Collection is the residuary of the ten species of woods allocated in 1958 for HOUGH'S AMERICAN WOODS BASIC VISUAL AID KIT, which was prepared by Jon P. Speller a half century ago. That Special Auxiliary Collection is priced for immediate delivery at $26,000 gross price from Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, Inc. Contact Kathleen Shedaker, Vice President at  Tel: 845 887-4965.

  Jon P. Speller's 1958 publication of HOUGH'S AMERICAN WOODS BASIC VISUAL AID KIT (Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 58-14166) included for designated species either transverse, radial or tangential wood specimens representing conifer, ring-porous hardwood, and diffuse porous hardwood trees grown in a geographical area encompassing 46 of the States of the United States (92%) as well as some areas of Canada and Mexico. The full text of Jon P. Speller's HOUGH'S AMERICAN WOODS BASIC VISUAL AID KIT is in the next Section of this Presentation.

  In Section thereafter of this Presentation, range maps showing the geographical distribution for each of the ten species included in the Special Auxiliary Collection are reproduced from selected pages of Volumes I and II of Hough's Encyclopaedia of American Woods. The geographical distribution of the selected representative species in this Special Auxiliary Collection provides a unique quality aspect to the value of this Special Auxiliary Collection containing actual wood specimens cut by Romeyn Beck Hough (1857-1924) himself during his lifetime.Is NOW up for sale at the special price $10,000 today.

  Following is the Catalog Data for each of the ten species included in the Special Auxiliary Collection includes the common and Latin names of each species and the type of wood section (transverse, radial, or tangential), type of wood (coniferous, ring porous hardwood, or diffuse porous hardwood) and numbers of specimens for each and by category:
 


A. CATALOG DATA for each of the ten species included in  the Special Auxiliary Collection, including common and Latin names of each species and the type of section and type of wood it represents and the number and kind of specimen sections for each:


    1. Alaska-cedar; Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Spach; coniferous wood; 230 radial sections.

    2. Mountain hemlock; Tsuga mertensiana (Bong.) Carr.; coniferous wood; 105 transverse sections.

    3. Swamp chestnut oak; Quercus michauxii znutt.; ring porous hardwood; 95 transverse sections.

    4. Arizona sycamore; Platanus wrightii S. Wats.; diffuse porous hardwood;
    120 transverse sections.
    5. Eastern redcedar;
    Juniperus virginiana L.; coniferous wood; 220 radial sections.

    6. Slippery elm; Ulmus rubra Muhl.; ring porous hardwood; 130 radial sections.

    7. Sweetgum; Liquidambar styraciflua L.; diffuse porous hardwood; 140 radial sections. 

    8. Western white pine; Pinus monticola Dougl.; coniferous wood; 70 tangential sections.

    9. Shellbark hickory; Carya laciniosa (Michx. f.) Loud.; ring porous hardwood; 110 tangential sections.

    10. Sitka willow; Salix sitchensis Sanson; diffuse porous hardwood; 110 tangential sections.


Totals: The ten species (1,330 sections) in the Special Auxiliary Collection are categorized into 4 coniferous woods (625 sections), 3 ring porous hardwoods (335 sections), and 3 diffuse porous hardwoods (370 sections). Of these 1,330 sections, 550 are transverse sections; 490 are radial sections, and 290 are tangential sections.