Library of the Gray Herbarium
Auguste Jean Marie Bachelot De La Pylaie (1786-1856)
Bachelot de la Pylaie pursued varied interests in exploration, botany, archeology and politics. Only his botanical work in Newfoundland concerns us here. He traveled to Newfoundland in 1816 and 1819-20, collected botanical specimens and made notes on the flora of the area. A general description of his travels, Voyage a l'ile de terre-neuve, was published in Paris in 1825. He planned to produce a more extensive description of Newfoundland flora that would include his own illustrations, but he only succeeded in publishing the first part of Flore de Terre-Neuve et les Iles Saint-Pierre et Miclon, in 1829. Some of Pylaie's unpublished manuscript, including his travel journals and an Essai sur la Flore de Terre-Nueve et des Iles St. Pierre et Miclon, are in Paris, at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, where his herbarium specimens may also be found.
"Trois Botanistes aux Iles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon pendant le 19ime sicles" by Pre C. Le Gallo, in Le Naturalists Canadien 75: 187-191, 1948.
Scope and Content:
The archives contain a sheet of manuscript which is titled "Joncs et Luzules observies 'a l'ile de Terre Neuve par M. De la Pylaie 1816 et 1819-1820," which contains a list of 18 juncus and 3 luzula, with brief descriptions of locations where they were found. This manuscript may be someone's notes on Pylaie's unpublished manuscripts, but it is not known whose notes they are. The folder in which the manuscript was found was labeled "J. Gay," but the handwriting of the ms does not agree with the handwriting of letters from Jacques Gay in the herbarium. Juding by the paper and the handwriting, the notes date from the first half of the nineteenth century.
[Cf. item under "Pylaie" in Jane Gray's autograph albums.]
The document in question was given to the Gray Herbarium by Franz Buchenau, who corresponded with B.L. Robinson and M.L. Fernald about the flora of Newfoundland and about Juncus.