Thomas Moore Pl. 32 Athrium Filix-foemina ovatum, The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland, 1855, nature printing with hand coloring
This week only, enjoy special pricing on a beautiful antique nature print, Pl. 32, Athrium Filix-foemina ovatum, the Lady Fern, from The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland by Thomas Moore. Printed by Bradbury & Evans, Whitefriars London.
Regarding the Lady Fern, it is noted in the accompanying text that it "is a common and generally distributed species, attaining its greatest degree of of luxuriance in damp, shady, and sheltered places. Sometimes it is found in more open as well as in rocky situations, but generally where it is well supplied with moisture. Warm moist woods and damp hedge-row banks are its favorite localities, and those in which it most fully supports the claim of supremacy in beauty over all the other native species, which is made in its behalf. "Dull indeed," Mr. Newman [Edward Newman, author of A History of British Ferns, 1840] very justly remarks, "must be the perception, and cold the heart, that fails to appreciate its excessive loveliness."
In The Art of Botanical Illustration, Wilfred Blunt refers to Bradbury's nature prints for the Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland as "superb", stating the detail and finest veination of the leaves in the plates "constitute the crowning achievement of nature printing...." (Blunt, page 142)
In perfect condition, nature printing with hand coloring, folio size, 21.625 x 14.625 inches.
$725 this week only (list price $1,000). Offer expires 8-7-17.
The British botanist Thomas Moore (1821 – 1887) was appointed curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden in 1848. During his tenure, the number of fern species increased by 50 percent. The author of numerous works on botanical subjects, Moore selected the specimens to be represented in The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland. and was responsible for the accompanying text.
The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland is Illustrated with 51 plates. In this work, Bradbury made new advances in the process of nature printing. The printing process was chosen because “it represents general form with absolute accuracy, but also surface, hairs, veins and other minutiae of superficial structure by which plants are known….” Edited by the highly regarded English botanist and author of botanical subjects, John Lindley, and nature printed by Henry Bradbury of Bradbury and Evans in London, the folio scientifically describes, documents, and accurately illustrates differences between varieties of ferns native to Great Britain and Ireland.
Among the finest examples of nature printing, the technique combined old world engraving with new scientific applications of electroplating. Pioneered by The Imperial Printing Office at Vienna, the nature printing process employed in this folio involved pressing a natural object into a lead plate. Since lead is soft and degenerates easily, to print the folio an exact copy of the lead plate was made in copper by the electrotype method. Henry Bradbury (1829 – 1860) learned the technique while studying in Vienna in 1850. The result was fine engravings that conveyed the realism of an impression made directly from the pressed plant.
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