A Vision of Eden: The Life and Work of Marianne North by Marianne North hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Webb & Bower, 1980, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings;
From the cover: Marianne North, an unmarried middle-aged Victorian lady of comfortable means, set off in 1871 on her first expedition to make a pictorial record of the tropical and exotic plants of the world. The story of her travels to every continent in the world, often alone and enduring hardships and dangers in conditions so primitive as to be outside the experience of the modern generation, is told in this abridged version of her travel memoirs and autobiography, first published in 1893 under the title Recollections of a Happy Life. The results of her wanderings were her astonishing collection of over 800 paintings, now housed in the Marianne North Gallery at Kew, and this is the first time that they have been reproduced in book form. She had a remarkable eye for detail, both in her writing and her painting, and she emerges through her work as strong-willed, sometimes prejudiced, but always humorous and kind-hearted; an extraordinary example of the Victorian pioneering spirit.
In his introduction Anthony Huxley discusses her work from a modern botanical viewpoint, and Professor Brenan, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, explains how the Marianne North Gallery became part of the expansion of the Gardens towards the end of the last century.
Introduction by: J. P. M. Brenan & Anthony Huxley
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Gently faded at the spine and the leading edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
240 pages. Index. 10″ x 7¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Biography category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…