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The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United - UNITED STATES - CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS) - 1878. 
L. Prang and Company. Boston. Copyright 1878. - TWO VOLUMES IN FOUR BOOKS. 192 chromolithographic plates with tissue guards, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, ix+192pp v+200pp v+204pp ix+196pp, 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, gilt lettered leather spine and corners with cloth-covered boards (hardbound). Ex-library with markings to lower spines, label to front pastedowns, withdrawn stamp to copyright page, and perforated stamp to a few pages (not affecting plates). Cover extremities rubbed, front joint of three of the volumes is cracked, previous owner's name in ink to front fly leaf and in pencil to inner margin of Preface page, occasional faint offsetting to text pages; overall the interior is in very good, clean condition with bright plates. Thomas Meehan (1826-1901) was born in England in 1826 and at age 20 was offered a position at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. After two years at Kew he emigrated, settling in Germantown, Pennsylvania, where he started a nursery. His business enterprise prospered as a result of his remarkable expertise, both scientific and commercial, and in 1891 he founded a botanical journal, Meehans Monthly. The four volume Native Flowers and Ferns of 1878 is viewed as a landmark publication due, in part, to the fine chromolithographic plates (48 per volume for a total of 192) by master printer Louis Prang of Boston. Meehan In his Preface writes that the illustrations, painted from life by Alois Lunzer, "will favorably compare with the best hitherto attempted in this country, both as regards scientific accuracy and pictorial excellence." Includes an Index of Common Names and Index of Botanical Names. A significant work in the history of both American botany and American color plate printing (included in Bennett's "Practical Guide to American Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books"). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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