PROCEEDINGS OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY OF LONDON
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London
4 1 old types for a great inauj^years. It is a question of fashion rather than anything else. The types tliat you are interested in have gone out of fashion, and that is the reason why they do not appear in the typefounders' specimen books to-day. There are, of course, people who have made a study of types and their dates ; but it happens that the types we have been discussing, are what are called Jobbing or Display types, used for circulars and advertisements ; and no one is particularly
... sted in them. " My opinion about the little booklet which you showed to me is, that it was not only set up, but was also printed off, and done up, i. e. stitched and put into its cover, by an amateur printer, and not by a regular printer. And it might very well have been printed in Boston at the date mentioned." Mr. Hart also told me when I showed him the pamphlet a few weeks ago that the paper had not been damped, and that this and the setting-up, inking, and black mai-ks made by the "farnitiire" showed that the worlc had not been done by a printer, but bj' an amateur who had access to a press of fair size. In all these respects the pamphlet presents an appearance remarkably different from the author's lecture, " Shall we have Free Speech?" * Mr. J. F. Sleeper informs me that this is an error and that his father did not return to Boston but went to New York in June 1866. * Dr. Putnam has now kindly sent me a letter fi-om Mr. Tborvald Solberg, Eegister of Copyrights, stating that the title of the 1860 pampblet was duly registered on April 27, 1860, but that no copy was deposited.-E. B. 3? Aug. 12, 1913. t I have since learnt from Mr. J. F. Sleeper that he possesses three copies of the pamphlet.-E. B. P. Aug. 12, 1913. LI>->'EA>' SOCIETY OF LOXDOX. 49 OBITUAET XOTICES. ^Vith Pai'l Feiedeich Aucrsx Ascheesox, whose death occurred at Berlin ou March 6th of the present year, one of the most remarkable figures has disappeared from the ranks of modern German botauists. Paul Ascherson was born on June 4th, 1834. at Berlin, as the son of Dr. Ferdinand 3Ioritz Ascherson, a prominent medical practitioner. He was educated at the Marggraff School and the Friedrich AVerder Gymnasium at Berlin, and studied medicine in the university of the same city. In January 1855 he obtained the degree of Doctor of Medicnie, and a year later he qualified for a medical practice. His inclination, however, lay with botany, which he studied under Alexander Braun, E. Caspary, and X. Pringsheim. In 1860 he became A. Braun's assistant, a post with which he united later on that of an assistant in the Botanical Museum, rising in the latter eventually to the rank of a second ciistos. This he held until 1SS4, when he retired.