NATURE PRINTING -- Thomas MOORE (1821-1887). The Octavo Nature-Printed British Ferns... Nature-Printed by Henry Bradbury. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1859-1860. 2 volumes, 8° (234 x 152mm). Half-titles. Engraved additional titles with nature-printed vignettes printed in green, 122 nature-printed plates by Bradbury. (Most plates lightly spotted, heavier spotting to about six plates.) Contemporary light brown half calf, spines gilt in six compartments with raised bands, brown morocco lettering-pieces in the second, small oval onlays bearing the volume numbers in the third compartment. FIRST OCTAVO EDITION of Henry Bradbury's best known work. Fischer 92; Nissen 1401 (incorrect title); Stafleu & Cowan III, 6277.
William Grosart JOHNSTONE (d.c. 1860) and Alexander CROALL (1809-1885). The Nature-Printed British Sea-Weeds... Nature-Printed by Henry Bradbury. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1859-1860. 4 volumes, 8° (242 x 157mm). Half-titles, 26pp. publishers' advertisements. 1 uncoloured lithograph, 1 hand-coloured lithograph and 220 nature-printed plates. (Occasional spotting, margins of plate 28 torn, two plates loosely inserted, plates 176-181 with light dampstaining to inner margin, plate 182 with heavier dampstaining to inner margin.) Original green cloth, blocked in gilt and blind (neatly recased, modern endpapers). Provenance: William Laurence Bradbury (armorial bookplates removed from original endpapers and loosely inserted). FIRST EDITION of the second of Bradbury's major works. Fischer 88; Nissen BBI 1002; Stafleu & Cowan II, 3383.
Thomas HOPKIRK (1785-1841). Flora Anomoia. A General View of the Anomalies in the Vegetable Kingdom. Glasgow, Edinburgh & London: James Hedderwick of Glasgow for John Smith & Son, Archibald Constable & Co. and Longman & Co., 1817. 8° (225 x 143mm). Half-title, 2pp. publisher's advertisements. Engraved title, 11 plates, 1 folding and nature-printed by James Hardie, 10 engraved after Hopkirk, folding. (Repaired tear to the folding engraved plate, some spotting.) Original boards (rebacked, later paper label, small tear to backstrip). Provenance: Arpad Plesch (book label, sale Sotheby's 17 November 1975, lot 364, sold £70 to Kew Books). RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BRITISH BOOK ILLUSTRATED BY NATURE-PRINTING: only this copy is listed as having sold at auction in the past twenty-five years. Pritzel 4247; Stafleu & Cowan II, 3031. (7)