30 April 2008
MOORE, Thomas (1821-1887). The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland ... Edited by John Lindley ... nature-printed by Henry Bradbury. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855[-1856].
2° (548 x 368mm). Half-title. 51 nature-printed plates, all printed in colours, by Bradbury & Evans under the direction of Henry Bradbury. (Variable light spotting throughout, a couple of plates shaved just into image.) Contemporary green half morocco gilt, gilt edges (very light scuffing to edges and covers, neat repairs to corners).
A FINE EXAMPLE OF NATURE PRINTING. Henry Bradbury (1831-1860), eldest son of William Bradbury of Bradbury & Evans, published the present work in 17 monthly parts between June 1855 and September 1856. With text by Thomas Moore (curator of the Chelsea botanic garden and co-editor of Gardener's Chronicle) and edited by John Lindley (1799-1865), the work was one of the first of the genre printed in Britain. Fischer 89; Nissen BBI 1400; Stafleu & Cowan 6275.
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