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Botanicals - Lowe

Lowe's Ferns
E. J. Lowe, R. A.
Ferns: British and Exotic
c. 1856 - 1872 (mixed editions)
Size approx. 5-12 by 9" to 6-1/2 by 9-1/2"

These prints of ferns from all over the world were selected from both the first eight-volume edition (1856 - 60) and later editions up to 1872 of Edward Joseph Lowe's "Ferns: British and Exotic, published by Groombridge and Sons, London. It was another successful collaboration between artist A. F. Lydon and the renowned 19th century color printer Benjamin Fawcett (see also "A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds with text by Rev. F. O. Morris, R. A.). The superb color wood block engravings are on heavy paper with the verso blank.

Each measures approximately 5-1/2 by 9" to 6-1/2 by 9-1/2", depending upon the edition. One edge may be ragged where it was removed from the book, but this will not affect framing. The scientific Latin names of the particular plants are printed on the plate. A photocopy of the title page will be furnished with your purchase, and a few plates have the original text available.

Lowe also published other works, including "Beautiful Leaved Plants" (popularly referred to as "Lowe's Leaves") in 1861. A selection from this work will be made available on this website later this year. The Lowe's Ferns, the Lowe's Leaves, and the Anne Pratt Ferns are all of similar size and format and thus can be mixed and used together to make an attractive framed grouping.

A selection of the Lowe's Ferns will appear in our Fall 2006 "ladycavalier" eBay auctions as well.

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Click here to see our eBay auctions of these and other prints under "ladycavalier".

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