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
- Ships next day
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