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This is an auction for A VISION OF EDEN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF MARIANNE NORTH. reviews:

“We bought this book after a trip to Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife where Marianne North stayed for a short while in 1875. It was interesting to compare her paintings (copies of originals from Kew are displayed at the Orchid garden in Puerto) with the current views of the same. What is amazing is how a single lady made her way around the world at a time when travel was not easy (or safe?) and her descriptions reveal what a determined and brave lady she was. Very readable and at times you forget how long ago her journeys were. It gives a fascinating insight into well-off Victorian travellers who must have found arranging and carrying out their plans such a challenge compared with today’s similar excursions with all the benefits of travel agents, the internet and the rest. A great read especially for those interested in flora and the painting thereof.”

“This book is inspiring. Marianne was a Victorian lady travelling on her own around the world and drawing beautiful pictures. Her adventures are amazing and I would encourage you to read this.”

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Large format hardback 1980.

240 pages.

Photographs and other illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.40 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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