1517
1517
Thomas Moore Lastrea Filix-mas, Polypodium vulgar
THE FERNS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND: SIX COLOR NATURE-PRINTED ENGRAVINGS
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2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 3,250 USD
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1517
Thomas Moore Lastrea Filix-mas, Polypodium vulgar
THE FERNS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND: SIX COLOR NATURE-PRINTED ENGRAVINGS
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 3,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Thomas Moore Lastrea Filix-mas, Polypodium vulgar
THE FERNS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND: SIX COLOR NATURE-PRINTED ENGRAVINGS
Six nature-printed engravings in color, London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855 [-1856]. Framed.

lot includes: Lastrea Filix-mas [Male Crested Wood Fern], [Pl. XIV] — Polypodium vulgare [Brake Root], P.vulgare acutum [Pointed Brake Root], P.vulgare bifidum [Clefted Brake Root], [Pl. I] — Polypodium Dryopteris [Smooth Three-Branched Polypody, or Oak Fern], [Pl. V] — Lastrea dilatata dumetorum [Broad Prickly-toothed Buckler Fern], [Pl. XXV] — Osmunda regalis [Buckthorn Brake], [Pl. L] — Asplenium Adiantum - nigrum acutum [Black Spleenwort], [Pl. XXXVII]

each sheet approximately: 546 x 368 mm  21 1/2 x 14 1/2 in


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Catalogue Note

A groups of prints from Moore's important work on nature printing was one of the first of the genre printed in England. The beautifully executed plates were produced under the direction of Henry Bradbury, England's first nature printer, and are considered to be among the finest pieces of nature printing ever completed. The plates were produced "... by passing the plant, under pressure, between a plate of soft lead from which an electrotype could be made" (Blunt). As a result, they recorded the smallest details of flowers and the finest venations of leaves.

Bradbury, whose father was of the publishing house Bradbury & Evans, studied at the Imperial Printing Office in Vienna. His interest in printing extended to "... the production of bank notes and the security of paper money, on which he discoursed at the Royal Institute" (DNB) and to the history of printing. He had many ideas for lavish and extensive works, including nature-printed books on fungi and trees and a work on the graphic arts of the nineteenth century, but none of these were ever realised. He died in 1860 at the age of twenty-nine.

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