The Plant Kingdom Compendium: A Definitive Volume of More Than 2,400 Copyright-free Engravings - Edited by Jim HarterLondon: Merehurst Press, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper.Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “This extraordinary collection of fine engravings will be an inspiration and an indispensable source book of copyright-free material for designers and artists. It will also provide an opportunity for plant lovers and admirers and collectors of old engravings to spend hours enjoying the beauty and infinite variety within the plant kingdom. And it certainly will be a veritable feast for the eye for lovers of fine books.
Classifications within the plant kingdom have changed substantially since the time these engravings were produced. Although classifications have been updated wherever possible, The Plant Kingdom Compendium should not be taken as a complete, scientifically accurate-in-every-detail encyclopaedia. Rather, this book reflects the finest available plant images that the late-Victorian period had to offer. It provides fine engravings of a great selection of plant species and varieties, and, whenever possible, it also offers two or more alternative choices from which the designer can make his or her selection.
The text is arranged alphabetically by plant family and represents everything from maples to mushrooms, palms to and plants used in graphic design, including borders and motifs
Much of this material is now quite rare — and expensive if one has the good fortune to come across it. The earliest material in this book is from A History of British Forest Trees, Indigenous and Introduced, published in 1842. The most recent material dates from the 1900s. However, the great bulk of it dates from 1875 through 1895, when wood engraving reached its zenith and had become greatly refined so that very realistic and graphic representations of images could be achieved.
The artist, designer, plant lover, or bibliophile will enjoy discovering this antique material freshly presented, while venturing back in time to the late nineteenth century and into its fantasy of the plant kingdom.”