Plate 20

Hervey Plate 20 Sea Mosses
Detail of Hervey Plate 20 Sea Mosses
Hervey Plate 20 Sea Mosses
Detail of Hervey Plate 20 Sea Mosses
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Plate 20

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Original antique botanical print from Sea Mosses, A Collector's Guide and an Introduction to the Study of Marine Algae

  • Original antique stereotype, using nature printing
  • Botanical illustration by Alpheus Baker Hervey, A.M.
  • Circa 1881, first edition printing
  • Approximately 4 ¾ wide by 7 ½ tall inches
  • Arrives in archival sleeve with mat board for archival storage
  • Paper is medium weight, blank on the back, and has the natural binding edge on the left
  • Prints of this age show expected signs of age - like darkening around the edges,  some staining and light foxing (see photo for actual condition). The colors remain vibrant and the paper stable. 
  • Only one available 
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Alpheus Baker Hervey was a clergyman, botanist, and prominent phycologist and bryologist US. He specialized in marine algae.

Sea Mosses, A Collector's Guide and an Introduction to the Study of Marine Algae was published in 1881. It was written and illustrated by A.B. Hervey, A.M. This in-depth book contains 20 full page prints and many poems regarding the sea throughout.

The prints, or plates, are made by a form of printing called stereotyping. The labor intensive and costly process involves printing each color individually using a metal plate cast from a papier-mâché or plaster mould. The result is a extremely detailed replica of an actual moss or algae found in nature.

Published by S.E. Cassino, Boston, Printed by E.K. Dunbar & Co., Boston, in 1881, First Edition