These may be purchased from BPS Booksales (
) at the prices shown (p. & p. extra). Full details of postage are in the latest (April 2012) list.
Publication No. 1
to Hardy Ferns, by Richard Rush (1984, reprint 1987), 70 pages.
ISBN 0 9509806 0 9
longer in print but sometimes available second hand at BPS meetings
and elsewhere.] The book lists, in alphabetical order, 581 species
of British and foreign ferns that can, or potentially could, be
cultivated in British gardens. Typically it gives a one-paragraph
description of each species, its country/continent of origin, its
habitats, and the recorded experiences of hardiness by fern growers
in the UK. No illustrations.
Publication No. 2
and Their Meanings, by J. W. Dyce
(1988), 31 pages, £4.50.
ISBN 0 9509806 1 7
explanations for the naming of the genera of British ferns, in alphabetical
order from Adiantum to Woodsia; also the meanings of Latin and Greek
prefixes in fern names (e.g. Crypto-, Oreo-, Tricho-). Contains
a dictionary of the taxonomic words used to describe fern fronds
and other anatomical features. Illustrated with line drawings.
Publication No. 3
and Propagation of British Ferns, by J. W. Dyce (1991), 41 pages,
£5.00. ISBN 0 950806 2 5
a brief introduction to fern anatomy and life history, the main
part of this publication deals with fern habitats in the wild and
the cultural requirements needed in a garden. It describes how to
grow ferns from spores, vegetative propagation, and the few diseases
to which ferns are liable. It goes on to recommend the species and
cultivars suitable for different habitats within a British garden,
and the best of the foreign hardy ferns. Illustrated with black
and white photographs.
Publication No. 4
of British Pteridology,
edited by J. M. Camus (1991), 127 pages, £4.00
ISBN 0 9509806 3 3
multi-author work by leading pteridologists was produced to mark
the Centenary of the BPS in 1991. Wide-ranging and very readable,
it provides a satisfying overview of the personalities and developments
that shaped the BPS. From fossil ferns through antique books, to
conservation and horticulture, it gives essential background information
on pteridology, including a summary history of the BPS, through
the eyes of fern enthusiasts. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
Publication No. 5
Pteridological Society, Abstracts and Reports, 1894-1905 (1991),
245 pages, £4.00.
ISBN 0 9509806 4 1
facsimile compilation of the reports and papers produced by the
BPS during its early years and before regular journals or magazines
had been established. It describes the meetings and interests of
fern growers from over 100 years ago and their experiences on field
excursions, and especially with the finding and growing of cultivars
of British ferns in the late Victorian era. Illustrated with black
and white photographs and engravings.
Publication No. 6
The BPS Minute
Book CD (1891-1983) by Barry Wright (2002), 633 facsimile pages
on Compact Disk, £10.
unique pteridological archive documents the birth and changing fortunes
of the BPS - the World's oldest Fern Society - as recorded in 93
years of the BPS Committee Minute Book from 1891 to 1983. The original
Minute Book itself - the Society's most valuable document - exists
only as a single 3 kg bound volume with marbled covers and ruled
lines. Entries are in handwriting in the early years and as stuck-in
typescript later. The CD facsimile presents all the 633 pages of
recorded Committee deliberations up to 1983. It shows the tea stains
and yellowing pages indicative of age.
Publication No. 7
Cultivars - Variation in the British Shield Ferns by J.W. Dyce
Eds. R.W. Sykes & M.H. Rickard
(2005), 100 pages, £15.00 (P&P extra)
ISBN 0 9509806-6-8
outline manuscript left by the late Jimmy Dyce has been edited,
expanded and completed for publication by Robert Sykes and Martin
Rickard. The monograph now presents in detail the Dyce system for
classifying and naming fern cultivars, and provides descriptive
text and abundant illustrations of the three British species of
shield fern (Polystichum aculeatum, P. lonchitis & P. setiferum)
and their numerous varieties. It is now the definitive reference
for the confident identification and accurate naming of the cultivars
in this horticulturally important group of ferns.
Publication No. 8
of Ferns & Allied Plants of Britain & Ireland
Eds. A. C. Wardlaw & A. Leonard
(2005), 98 pages, £10.00 (P&P extra)
spiral-bound handbook contains 93 distribution maps of the ferns
and allied plants, including naturalised aliens and hybrids, of
Britain and Ireland. The maps, which show natives as blue dots and
aliens in red, and their accompanying texts, were copied under licence
from New Atlas of the British & Irish Flora, eds. Preston et
al. (2002) [Oxford University Press]. The maps are presented in
alphabetical order of Latin name, from Adiantum capillus-veneris
to Woodsia ilvensis. The inside covers carry lists of the Latin
and common names and there are three pages of references to the
Publication No. 9
and Related Items in English Published Before 1900
by Nigel Hall and Martin Rickard (2006), p. iv, 98, 5 coloured plates,
£15.00 (P&P extra)
are fascinating sources of information and invaluable to researchers
of the topics they cover. As the authors explain in the introduction,
this special publication has been a long time in preparation, but
the extensive checking and re-checking has resulted in a book that
is as complete as the authors could make it. Here can be found details
of authors, titles with details of their publishers, editions and
reprints, books of pressed fems, catalogues of ferns for sale and
advertising ephemera. Some of these books are comparatively common,
but others are incredibly rare.
publication will be the starting place for any pteridologist. librarian
or bibliophile interested in books on fems. It will enable them
to assess their collections and look out for necessary additions.
However, I have to add a warning here: beware collecting fern books
can become addictive.