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Lowe (Edward Joseph)


Published: Groombrige and Sons, London, 1856 - 1860

Edition: First Edition

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First edition: 8 volumes: 161 + 162 + 142 + 174 + 168 + 136 + 146 + 260 pages, colour frontispieces, numerous colour plates in each volume, endpapers with adverts for new botanical publications printed on them, foxing on preliminary pages in several volumes, green cloth with blind stamped decoration on the covers, titled gilt on the spines, which have faded to brown, a good set.

Together with Supplementary Volume: A NATURAL HISTORY OF NEW AND RARE FERNS: Containing species and varieties, none of which are included in any of the eight volumes of 'Ferns, British and Exotic,' amongst which are the New Hymenophyllums and Trichomanes. With coloured illustrations and wood-cuts (1864).

Edward Joseph Lowe FRS FGS FRAS FLS (11 November 1825 - 10 March 1900) was a renowned English botanist, meteorologist and astronomer, who published papers on a wide variety of subjects, including luminous meteors, sunspots, the zodiacal light, meteorological observations during the eclipse of 1860 conchology, ferns, grasses and other plants.

His most noted work was Ferns: British and Exotic and consisted of eight illustrated volumes published in London by Groombridge and Sons. The bookplates of which were drawn by A.F. Lydon and engraved by Benjamin Fawcett.

He collaborated on observations of luminous meteors with Professor Baden Powell of Oxford. Lowe invented the dry powder test for ozone in the atmosphere. He was one of the founders and original Fellows of the Meteorological Society and a Fellow of the Royal, the Geological, the Linnean, the Royal Astronomical and other learned Societies. Lowe was affectionately known as "The Big Snowflake" because of his beard.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Set
  • Size: 8vo (260 x 170 mm)
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