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A Popular History of the British Ferns and The Allied Plants, comprising the Club-Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails
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A Popular History of the British Ferns and The Allied Plants, comprising the Club-Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails

By Thomas Moore

London : Reeve and Benham, 1851 A very good copy of the 1st edition of this important work. It was commissioned for Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series, and was extremely popular, contributing to the Victorian craze for fern books in the mid 1800's. It went through several editions. This copy is in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt decoration to the front board and spine and blind stamped decoration to the back board. The spine is slightly sunned with some light pulling to the spine ends. The front board is bright and clean with a slightly faded area at the side edge and a small ink spot at the bottom. The back board has a small ink fleck. Corners are slightly turned. Internally both front and rear endpapers are advertisements for the Popular Natural History series. Contents with frontispiece; title with signature to the top; preface; plate and contents listing and text 354 pp including index with 19 further hand coloured plates. The plates are placed to match the text and the numbers do not run in sequence. Publisher's catalogue at the rear. Contents in very good clean condition.

$132.64