A Group of Twelve Framed Mid-19thC Woodblock Prints of Ferns c.1869

Origin: English
Period: Mid-Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1869
Each: 7.25” wide x 11” high (each)

The dozen antique woodblock prints published in 1869 by Groombridge and Sons, London for "Our Native Ferns" by Edward Lowe, illustrated by A.F. Lydon and printed by Benjamin Fawcett, hailing from the third quarter of the nineteenth century and showing an interesting and striking array of British native ferns, each now framed for display.

The prints are in generally very good overall order. There is some light discoloration marks, minor margin toning but the specimen examples all remain vibrant. The frames and ivory card mounts are recent and in keeping.

The prints are as follows:

Lowe 1869; Asplenium Lanceolatum
Lowe 1869; Asplenium Marinum
Lowe 1869; Asplenium Marinum.
Lowe 1869; Blechnum Spicant
Lowe 1869; Lastrea Filix-Mas Abbreviatum
Lowe 1869; Lastrea Cristata
Lowe 1869; Lastrea Filix-Mas Willisonii
Lowe 1869; Lastrea Filix-Mas.
Lowe 1869; Polystichum Aculeatum
Lowe 1869; Polystichum Angulare Acuto-Gracile
Lowe 1869; Pteris Aquilina-Pinna
Lowe 1869; Polystichum Angulare Lineare

Edward Joseph Lowe was a renowned English botanist, meteorologist and astronomer, who published papers on a wide variety of subjects, including meteorology, luminous meteors, sunspots, the zodiacal light, meteorological observations during the eclipse of 1860, conchology, ferns, grasses and other plants. The number of known extant fern species is about 10,500, but estimates have ranged as high as 15,000.

What’s not to like about a dozen ferns?