The Annual Report of the State Botanist by Charles Horton Peck , created 1895
Charles Horton Peck was an American mycologist, the study of fungi, during the 19th and early 20th centuries. From 1867 to 1915 he became the New York State botanist and during this time he described over 2700 species of North American fungi.
The Annual Report of the State Botanist was an published by the University of the State of New York nearly annually starting in 1895. This set of prints illustrates 42 mushrooms - ediable and poisonious.
These prints, or plates, are made by a form of printing called chromolithography. The labor intensive process involves printing each color individually. The colors are oil-based, and when multiple colors are applied, the outcome is a vibrant print with depth that is similar to a painting.