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The Nature Printed British Ferns. Vols I & II
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The Nature Printed British Ferns. Vols I & II

By Thomas Moore

London: Bradbury & Evans, 1859 A fair copy of the first octavo edition, complete in 2 volumes. Classed as 'fair' because the half (morocco) leather bindings are unprepossessing and worn. The contents are in good to very good condition. This work was issued in part in folio form in 1855-6. This is the first full edition with 122 nature printed plates. Henry Bradbury pioneered the nature printing process with superb, if expensive, results. Vol I: Polypodium to Lastrea; half title; vignette title page; title page; preface; contents; text 254pp; with 51 tissue-guarded plates. Vol II: Athryium to Ophioglossum; half title; vignette title page; title page; contents; plate list; text with addenda, glossary and index 368pp; 71 tissue-guarded plates (numbering includes 8 bis plates). The contemporary morocco leather and buckram bindings have extensive wear to corners and joints and are scuffed. The front board to volume I is detached. The stitching however is sound and tight. The original marbled endpapers are present with the armorial bookplate of Francis Roper Larken to the reverse of the fep in both volumes. Top page edges are marbled to match the endpapers. The text pages are generally clean and bright. The plates have occasional spotting to page edges which can affect the side of the plate but not generally the image itself. There is some spotting and marking to tissue guards. Plate III in volume I has a small repaired tear to the top margin.