Bradbury & Evans. London. 1855.
FIRST EDITION. Folio. (22 x 15.4 inches). Illustrated with 51 full page plates, all nature-printed in colour by Bradbury & Evans under the direction of Henry Bradbury, each with a tissue paper guard. Extra illustrated with several blank leaves bound among the text and with real ferns mounted onto the page with thin paper tabs and a printed paper title stuck below. Some of these ferns have either deteriorated or fallen off the page but 15 still survive. Early binding of half burgundy morocco. Spine with wide raised bands, decorated in gilt. The compartments with blind ruled lines. Black label, gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Re-backed and spine relaid. Small area of loss to the bottom inner margin of the half title page and a few leaves with creasing to the edges but overall a very good copy of this monumental work.