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© 2022, Margaret Saylor


June 2023 Quarterly Members' Meeting
with Guest Speaker Christian Volbracht

Our all-members' quarterly meeting of 2022 will be on

Saturday, June 10
9:30 am Pacific Daylight Time

10:30 am Mountain

11:30 am Central

12:30 pm Eastern

Open to BAGSC members, ASBA, friends and guests

Participants must RSVP by clicking the "Register Now" button on this page to receive the Zoom link. 

This presentation will be recorded and available for unlimited viewing for everyone who RSVPs for one (1) week following the meeting.


“Doors open” about 9:15 am and the meeting formally begins at 9:30.

After a short meeting, Mr. Volbracht will give an overview of the history of illustration of fungi in printed books with numerous examples of printed drawings and paintings of mushrooms from Europe, America and Asia, covering five centuries, from 1491 to the present. He will explain the various printing techniques from woodcuts to colored copper engravings to colored lithography and modern printing, describing the progress of the different illustration methods. Of particular interest are the colored copper engravings of fungi in the 18th century by Bulliard, Sowerby and Schaeffer, which are still important today as first diagnoses of new species. Volbracht will also go over problems which can arise when consulting old illustrations of mushrooms and fungi.

This is a must-see for everyone who is considering entering the Fifth New York Botanical Garden Triennial, or anyone interested in fungi, illuminated manuscripts, or botanical art.

Typically, our quarterly meetings are reserved for BAGSC members. BAGSC is opening this meeting to non-members and guests, at no charge. Join us for a riveting program. 


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We hope to see you there!

Information at a Glance



Saturday, June 10, 2023,

9:30 am Pacific Time

This is an online, Zoom presentation. 

Everyone is welcome!

This presentation will be recorded and available for unlimited viewing for everyone who RSVPs for one (1) week following the meeting.

Contact BAGSC Meetings Committee by clicking here.

Contact BAGSC Media Committee by clicking here.

About our Presenter

Christian Volbracht is a German journalist, amateur mycologist, and author and specialist in old mushroom literature. He has worked as a news journalist for the German Press Agency dpa for more than 40 years, including ten years as head of the agency’s Paris office. Parallel to his career as a journalist, he collected mushroom books spanning 500 years, compiled an important private library and built an online shop for antiquarian mushroom books. Eventually, Mr. Volbracht published MykoLibri, a comprehensive illustrated bibliography of his collection, covering works from the 15th to the 20th centuries. The two volumes of MykoLibri are now recognized as the standard bibliography for mycological literature – for collectors, dealers, researchers and librarians. Recently, Volbracht wrote a book on the scientific and cultural history of truffles. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

More information about MykoLibri can be found at:

A heartfelt 'thank you' to our previous presenter, Joanne Schwartz for giving us the 'heads up' on Mr. Volbracht's delightful presentation for the NYMS.

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