The ferns of Great Britain, and their allies the club-mosses, pepperworts, and horsetails.
London, Society for Promoting Christian Knowl;edge nd (early 1850s).
8vo. iv + 164pp, 41 hand-coloured engraved plates of ferns and related species. Publisher’s cloth, slightly bumped at outer corners, neatly rebacked. Ink ownership inscription on title of Richard Noakes, 1858, with further ink note “given to Julia Noakes, 1890’. A further ink note identifies Anne Pratt as “Mrs Peerless a very dear sweet old lady who lived near us at Redhill, and very often called on us”. Recently David Allibone’s copy. Some offsetting from plates on to their facing protective tissues, not affecting text or plates themselves.
First edition. Anne Pratt (1806-1893) was one of the best-known botanical writers and illustrators of the mid nineteenth century, with a particular interest in wild flowers and ferns. This particular copy has the interest that it belonged to a neighbour of hers who describes her in a note on the title leaf as “a very dear sweet old lady”.