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The Complete Book of 169 Redoute Roses

By Redoute, Pierre Joseph

U.S.A.: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S., 1979. Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) is the undisputed master of botanical art. His illustrations of flowers represent a unique fusion of botanical precision with artistic elegance. As court artist to Queen Marie-Antoinette and Empress Joséphine, Redouté drew extraordinary flowers and plants from the Jardin des plantes and the gardens of Malmaison, which made him the darling of Parisian society. Napoleon presented his books as gifts to the crowned heads of Europe, and Redouté's images illustrated the works of the most eminent scientists of his day. His most famous books, Les Liliacées and Les Roses, are among the milestones of botanical literature. Accompanying a survey of his works at the Teylers Museum in the Netherlands, this richly illustrated publication presents a wide selection of Redouté's books, drawings and watercolors. Several short essays by Dutch and French specialists offer a comprehensive overview of the key aspects of his art.. Not Indicated. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Color Plates.

$69.95

Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens
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Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens

By Slawson, David A.

Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A.: Kodansha Amer Inc, 1991. First thus. The art of the Japanese garden is a 1,500-year-old landscape design tradition that is still evolving, still instructive. Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens explains the fundamental principles of this tradition and describes how those principles may be applied to a much wider range of environments than exists in Japan. In the first section the author draws on his own experience as an apprentice to a master gardener in Kyoto, as well as his considerable knowledge of Japanese classical texts, to present the garden design process in terms of three primary aesthetic considerations: Scenic effects-reproductions of appealing natural landscape forms. Sensory effects-varieties of scale, framing, rhythm, motion, and spatial quality. Cultural effects-the incorporation of allusions to classical literature, poetry, and painting. The final section comprises a complete translation of a classic gardening manual used by Buddhist monks in medieval Japan. Its rules for planting trees and setting rocks still make good design sense today, and the author includes numerous garden descriptions as examples of how ancient masters practiced their craft. This clear, authoritative work, fully illustrated with diagrams and photographs, elucidates much about the Japanese compositional sense. But at the same time it is a plea for a more holistic approach to landscape design-a recognition that a garden should conform to certain natural principles as well as meet the emotional needs of those who view it.. Not Indicated. Soft Cover. Near Fine. Illus. by b/w Illustrations & Photos.

$39.95

The Cottage Garden Month-By-Month
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The Cottage Garden Month-By-Month

By Bennett, Jackie

New York, New York, U.S.A.: David & Charles Uk, 1997. First edition. An invaluable guide to understanding and creating a traditional cottage garden.. Not Indicated. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Color & b/w Photos & Illustrations.

$29.95