her moments of rebellion, she accepted the mainstream view towards
women, nature and science, seeing herself as an educator, providing
information for popular reading and speaking directly to mothers
teaching their children. She gives the reader a glossary of terms
and offers instruction on how to select the appropriate basket and
other equipment for mushroom hunting and spore collection. Hussey
was a specialist in Hymenomycetes, the species that includes
agarics, puffballs, and morels. As was the custom for natural historians
of both sexes, she recommends food uses for her subject when appropriate.
Illustrations of British Mycology was published in two series,
dating from 1849 to 1855. Series 1 consisted of 90 plates and was
published by subscription. Series 2 was issued in monthly numbers
of 3 plates each. The plate shown here is one of the 140 plates from
the final bound edition, which includes both series. Two mushroom
genera have been named in her honor. The first, was called Husseia by
Berkeley in 1847, prior to the publication of her book. The second
was posthumously named Husseya by J. G. Agardh in 1901.
(In 1958, to avoid confusion caused by the homonym, the latter was
renamed Husseyella by George F. Papenfuss.) Hussey wished
she could have illustrated her book with daguerrotypes, but fortunately
she was constrained by cost to publish with the lithographic process.
Her illustrations continue to be recognized today for their beauty