Bradbury, Henry (1831–1860)
The Nature-Printed British Sea-Weeds
Bradbury & Evans London 1859
paper size 24 x 15 cm; slightly foxed, some occ. cropping, o/w exc. cond.
We are very pleased to present these rare nature-printed sea-weeds by Henry Bradbury. Nature-printing was invented by Alois Auer and Andreas Worring in Vienna in 1852, a technique by which a plant is pressed into a thin, soft lead plate. Afterwards the image is transferred by electrotype to a copper plate, printed and hand-coloured. The resulting impression shows very fine and intricate details. After studying Auer’s work in Vienna, Bradbury had patented his own version without acknowledging Auer as the original source. This resulted in a fierce battle which drove Bradshaw into despondency and suicide, by drinking acid.