Nature-Printed British Sea-Weeds

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2015-11-02 12:15:31

Lot 137: Author: Johnstone, William Gosart & Alexander Croall. Title: The Nature-Printed British Sea-Weeds. A History, Accompanied by Figures and Dissections, of the Algae of the British Isles. Place Published: London. Publisher: Bradbury, Evans, & Co. Date Published: (1859). Description: 4 volumes. Illustrated with 220 "nature-printed" plates of seaweeds by Henry Bradbury, plus 1 colored and 1 uncolored engraved plate; added engraved title-pages with nature-printed vignettes; tissue guards. (8vo) 23.5x16 cm (9 1/4x6 1/4"), period brown half morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt, black morocco labels, top edges gilt. First Edition. An important work, not only for the scientific study of British seaweeds, but also as a superb example of nature-printing, a process perfected by Louis Auer in Vienna and brought to Britain by Henry Bradbury. The actual plants were pressed into a plate of soft lead, and an electrotype was made of the resulting impression, from which a print could be made of astonishing fidelity. Additional title pages of Volumes 3 and 4 dated 1859 Condition: Spines faded, light wear; very good. PBA Galleries' Rare Books & Manuscripts Sunday, 1st November 2015 Estimate: $500-$800
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