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The Handbook of British Ferns: Being Descriptions, with Engravings, of the Species and their Varieties, together with Instructions for their Cultivation

by Moore, Thomas

  • Hardback £45.00
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  • Catalogue No : 43075
  • Published : 1857
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : iv, 294, [2]


Third edition with numerous additions and new illustrations. The Journal of Botany stated that this work ‘has most deservedly reached a third edition. It has always been, and is now more than ever the best guide to a knowledge of our wild ferns’.

The 1850s were the highpoint of the Victorian fern craze, and Thomas Moore (1821-1887), writer on horticulture and Curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden, was ‘the supreme and unchallenged high priest of the [fern] cult’ (Allen, 1969).



Sm. 8vo (155x100mm), orig. green cloth, gt fern design to front board, aeg; spine worn with some loss to head and foot.

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