Great Natural History Books and their Creators
Amongst the greatest books ever created are the large-scale works of natural history, researched and written by apothecaries, scientists and others for whom the study of the natural world was a consuming passion. There is a story behind each book - how and why they were created, the vicissitudes suffered by those engaged in the production, the slow journey to the market but above all the beauty of the plates. The illustrations are often reproduced outside of their original context and often on a smaller scale which does not do them justice. Today these books are amongst the rarest and most sought-after by collectors, and here their story is engagingly told by prize-winning author Ray Desmond. The illustrations are reproduced from original copies in the collection of the British Library and other major archives. This would make a beautiful and unusual gift for gardeners and anyone who appreciates the natural and scientific world.
`Desmond has wonderful stories to tell in this sumptuously illustrated book`
Robin Healey, Antiquarian Book Review