One Of The Attractions Of This Voluminous Book Is Its Varying Approach To The Long And Somewhat Complex History Of Botanical Illustration Going Back To The Herbals And Other Illustrated Books Of Antiquity Keeping The Material Fresh And Engaging And All Along, There Are Those Handsome, Fetching Illustrations, Especially The Color Ones Henry BerryThis Splendid Volume Encompasses The Whole Of The History Of The Subject From Some Of Man S Earliest Representations Of Plants To The Late Th Century, Concentrating Largely On European Works From Medieval Times On Wards Claire Dalby, The Rock Garden This Major Work, First Published In , Is Still Considered The Classic Work On The Subject The Book Was Revised And Enlarged By ACC In The Year , And Published To Overwhelming Acclaim This Is A Reprint Of That Edition It Provides A Comprehensive, Critical And Well Illustrated Survey Of The Portrayal Of Plants Throughthan Three Thousand YearsOf The First Edition, The Poet And Gardening Writer, Vita Sackville West, After Referring In The Observer To The Wealth Of Illustration And The Fascination Of The Text, Then 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 WritingWilfrid Blunt, An Artist Himself, Brought To It A Craftsman S Appreciation And Knowledge Gained From Experience, The Extensive Literature And Visits To Many Galleries On The Continent William T Stearn Gave Him Much Help On Botanical, Biographical And Bibliographical Matters And Contributed Part Of The TextProfessor Stearn Has Revised And Enlarged This Classic Work And Greatly Extended The Chapter On The Twentieth Century This Edition Includes Colour Platesthan Twice As Many As The Original Edition And Black And White Illustrations, Thus Making Available To The General Public Numerous Examples Of The Work Of Great Botanical Illustrators Past And Present

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