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A Vision of Eden: The Life and Work of Marianne North with a Biog
A Vision of Eden: The Life and Work of Marianne North with a Biog
A Vision of Eden: The Life and Work of Marianne North with a Biog
A Vision of Eden: The Life and Work of Marianne North with a Biog

A Vision of Eden: The Life and Work of Marianne North with a Biographical Note by Brenda E. Moon - Anon.

New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Sunned at the spine and onto the margins of the panels of the dust wrapper. The contents complete, clean and tight.

Includes: Colour photographs, within the text; Colour plates; Colour frontispiece; Illustrated lining papers; 2-column text;

From the cover: “A Vision of Eden, the first collection in book form of Marianne North’s fabulously detailed and exotic botanical paintings, also contains excerpts from her autobiography and vivid travel memoirs (first published in 1893 under the title Recollections of a Happy Life). North, who usually travelled alone during the late nineteenth century, was a pioneer both in terms of her lush and wildly colourful artistic style and in the scope of her far-flung journeys, which took her around the world several times. Her sharp observations on nature and the state of world affairs are as intriguing and distinctive as her art, to which an entire gallery at Kew Gardens with more than 800 works is devoted. North was a highly talented and articulate explorer, who — like most women artists throughout history — did not receive the recognition she deserved in her lifetime. This breath-taking book should do much to rectify that oversight.

Marianne North was born in 1830, in Hastings, England, and was raised in a highly literate and artistic family environment. After the death of her father when she was 39, Marianne began to plan her epic journeys around the world, which were to occupy the next sixteen years of her life. In 1879, during a brief stay in London between trips to India and the Antipodes, she wrote to the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, offering to build a gallery to house her collection of paintings. Her proposal received immediate and enthusiastic endorsement. North herself supervised the plans and arrangement of the pictures in the now famous Marianne North gallery. The exhibition of her work at Kew established her reputation in botanical circles and precipitated a friendship with Charles Darwin, who advised and encouraged North in her later years. By the mid-1880s she no longer had the physical resources required for strenuous journeys and returned to the English countryside, where she died in 1890.”


Jacket designed by Malcolm Couch. Foreword or introduction by Professor J. P. M. Brenan & v. Size: 10" x 7¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages.
£22.50
A Vision of Eden: The Life and Work of Marianne North with a Biog