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The Art of Botanical Illustration

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'This book - first published in 1950 - is probably the most famous book about the history of botanical art and illustrations and the artists and illustrators that produced it. This is the standard by which all other books about botanical illustration are judged. It represents a benchmark in terms of documenting botanical illustration and artists included in this book are worth noting' - Botanical Art and Artists

A new edition of this classic survey of botanical illustration

This major work, first published in 1950, is still considered the classic book on the subject. It provides a comprehensive, critical and well-illustrated survey of the portrayal of plants across over three thousand years, at a more compact size. Of the first edition, the poet and gardening writer, Vita Sackville-West said: "Let no one think this is a book only for the specialist.

It is essential for the specialist, certainly, but it is also for all the flower-lovers and all those who enjoy the by-ways of biography and the added attraction of good writing". This edition contains 126 colour plates (more than twice as many as the first edition), alongside 140 black-and-white illustrations. It invites the reader to appreciate the works of the greatest botanical illustrators both past and present.

  • Authors: Wilfrid Blunt and William T Stearn
  • Hardcover: 360 pages | 123 colour and 148 black and white illustrations
  • Date published: June 2021
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1788841085
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 17.1 x 1.3 cm

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