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Ferns: British and exotic. - Lowe, E. J - 1872. 
London, George Bell, 1872. In eight volumes. Large 8vo (25.0 x 17.2 cm). 1,394 pp. [I: x, 160; II: 162; III: 142; IV: 174; V: 168; VI: 136, [ii]; VII: 181; VIII: 261] with 479 chromoxylographs (coloured wood engravings) [I: 50; II: 66; III: 50; IV: 64; V: 56; VI: 50; VII: 66; VIII: 77], and one unnumbered b/w plate in vol. V. for a total of 480 plates. Original uniform red publishers decorated cloth. Boards with gilt embossed vignette of a fern; spines richly embossed and with gilt title, volume and number. Brown endpapers.l The magnum opus of the British botanist, malacologist, meteorologist and astronomer Edward Joseph Lowe (1825-1910). The illustrations are very accurate, resembling nature printing, and beautifully coloured. The plates were drawn by Alexander Francis Lydon (1836-1917) and printed by the famous B. Fawcett. Additional text engravings give taxonomically important details. Lowe received specimen from many contributors in Britain and abroad. Originally the work was issued in 120 parts between 1855 and 1860. Some book dealers report 480 coloured plates, but according to Stafleu & Cowan that is incorrect. Except the usual slight foxing on the endpapers of each volume and sunning of the spines a fine set in the attractive original publisher's binding. Partly uncut, thus with the widest possible margins. Nissen BBI, 1243. Stafleu & Cowan, 5040.
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