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This first-ever anthology of early botanical paintings and drawing of New Zealand native plants covers the period from Cook's first voyage in 1769 through to the publication of Cheeseman's ILLUSTRATIONS in 1914. By this time about half of the native ferns, conifers and flowering plants had been illustration, although many of these were never published.

Bruce Sampson has researched the journals and diaries of explorers, botanists and early settlers - as well as many botanical publications - to present a book that is both rich in biographical detail and botanically informative. The botanists and artists whose work is discussed includes such well-known figures as the Forsters, the Hookers, Kirk and Cheeseman, but also some lesser-known illustrators such as Martha King and Fanny Osborne, remarkable artists whose work has been recently 'rediscovered'. Some illustrations are from rare books and journals.

The plates, some are which are reproduced here for the first time, demonstrate a range of printing techniques, including "nature printing" and chromolithography. They embody all the elegance, attention to fine detail and sensitive use of colour and shading that are features of the very best botanical illustration.

Hardback - 142 pages

Published 1985

Excellent condition
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