The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Great Britain; The British Grasses and Sedges; The Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies. The Club-Mosses, Pepperworts, and Horsetails (7 volumes)
Place Published: London
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Date Published: Circa 1855
Edition: Early editions
Binding: Leather bound
Book Id: 37844
288; 355; 410; 328; 368; 136; 164pp. Octavo [23 cm] Contemporary 3/4 green Moroccan leather, with marbled paper covered boards, raised bands and gilt tooled spines. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Very good condition. The extremities are rubbed, and the spines are mildly sunned. The edges of the covers are a little bumped, and the underlying boards are occasionally exposed. The pages are subtly age-toned. The title page of The Ferns of Great Britain, and Their Allies has been tipped in, and a contemporary notation has been skillfully effaced. All plates and their accompanying tissue-guards are in fine condition, with minor silhouettes of the images on the rear of the plates. The color plates in the The British Grasses and Sedges and The Ferns of Great Britain and Their Allies do not have tissue guards.
Anne Pratt is one of the most famous and successful female botanical artists of the 19th century. She wrote and illustrated more than 20 books on botany. This is an attractive early set, with one uncolored and 317 very attractive plates color-printed by William Dickes using George Baxter's printing process. Baxter was known for using the best materials, inks he ground himself, and numerous wooden blocks to add colors.