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  • 1879 Prints from Thomas Meehan's The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States Set B

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    This item (Set B) consists of five 1879 Prints from Thomas Meehan's The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States in Their Botanical, Horticultural, and Popular Aspects, a set of four books of 192 chromolithographic plates illustrated by Alois Lunzer and published by Prang and Co. of Boston.  Thomas Meehan (1826-1901) began his career at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.  In 1848, he emigrated to Germantown, PA where he started the popular Germantown nursery and prospered due to his scientific and commercial expertise.  In 1891, he founded a botanical journal, Meehan's Monthly.  He also served as a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.  This book, which appeared first in 1878, is considered a landmark publication in part due to its fine chromolithograph plates printed by master printer Louis Prang from paintings by Alois Lunzer.  Set B contains: Gelsemium Sempervirens (Plate 3 from Volume 1); Gerardia Pedicularia (Plate 34 from Volume 1); Lysimachia Quadrifolia (Plate 15 from Volume 2); and Mimulus Jamesii (Plate 19 from Volume 2); and Collinsonia Canadensis (Plate 42 from Volume 2).  Each of these trimmed prints measures 10.125" by about 6.875" and has been printed on thick light cream paper with edge toning.  The rich, colorful ink sits thickly on the surface of the paper and has been enhanced with gum arabic, giving each plant a luminosity.  These 1879 Prints from Thomas Meehan's The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States Set B are in Good condition.  Some have very slight staining, which may be from the discoloration of the paper over time.  Ideal for framing or for use in art.