London: Bradbury and Evans, (1859-1860). Four volumes. 6 x 9. xv, 188 ; ix, 203; xi, 200; xiv, (1), 324 pages, plus 220 nature-printed plates in color. Engraved titles in each volume also bear a small nature-printed alga. Some light foxing throughout (mostly on the backs of plates). Later 19th c. three-quarter green morocco (spines darker), marbled sides & matching endpapers, top edge gilt. Bookplate in each vol. Some wear to extremities, head of vol. I chipped & joint starting but firm, joints rubbed, but a very good, handsome set of this extraordinary achievement. Item #15171
The algae are printed in many shades of red, brown, green, pink, purple, grey. Most are printed in a single color; but some are 2 or 3 colors. While the next to last plate is numbered 207 and the last plate bears no number, there are bis plates 22 1/2, 42b, 59b, 59c, 68b, 70b, 70c, 91b, 92b, 143b, 206b. Nature printed by Henry Bradbury, the sea-weeds "are herein reproduced with all fidelity to structure, character and tint of the originals. The most crystalline water could scarcely more delicately float these lace-like trophies of the Garden of the Sea than do their pages." (From the authors' Preface.) Friedman, "Color Printing in England 1486-1870," ills. 163 & 164. See "Typographia Naturalis" pages 22-28.