Lastrea cristata, Pl. XIX (The crested buckler fern)

Thomas Moore

Published by London, 1855
Condition: Near Fine No Binding
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Thomas Moore (1821-1887) was an English gardener and botanist and studied ferns and fern allies from the British Isles. He served at curator of the Society of the Apothecaries Garden from 1848 to 1887 and in 1855 published “The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland.” This pressed nature print from “The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland,” titled, Lastrea cristata, Pl. XIX, measures 21.75” x 14.5” and is in excellent condition with a few light stain marks. The ferns pressed on this engraving are commonly known as the Crested buckler ferns. The green coloring of these pressed ferns are vibrant and the fine detailing shows through the fronds. From the early fifteenth century onwards experiments with making prints from pressed leaves and flowers were conducted. The first ventures into this technique were relatively simple with the specimen inked and paper laid upon it. Pressure was then applied by hand to gain an impression. This rather crude method was advanced and perfected during the nineteenth century by the Imperial Printing Office in Vienna . Plants were now passed under pressure between a lead and a steel plate and an electrotype made, on the lead plate, from the impression. It was this innovative technique that Thomas Moore chose for the creation of the plates in his splendid book, “Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland ”. The plates were produced for Moore by Henry Bradbury and are the finest example of nature-printing available. Thomas Moore’s book heralded a craze for ferns or “pteridomania” during the nineteenth century perhaps because of the exquisite delicacy of the images projected. In 1907, the Thomas Moore Fernery was built on the site of his original garden. Bookseller Inventory # aa0309e

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Title: Lastrea cristata, Pl. XIX (The crested ...

Publisher: London

Publication Date: 1855

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Near Fine

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