The Concise British Flora in Colour (1965) by W.Keble Martin
[UPDATE: This book review has now MOVED. The synopsis and summary from the original post are below - the rest can be found at Book Review - The Concise British Flora in Colour on my website dedicated to Botanical Art and Artists.]
|Title: The Concise British Flora in Colour|
|Synopsis:The product of a project lasting over 60 years to study, research, amd illustrate the natural wild flowers of the UK. W. Keble Martin started before the first world war and this book was not published until 1965. It records short descriptions of the plants with proper nomenclature and popular name. On the opposite page are the composite illustrations of the variations of flowers within a family. All the plants and flowers were drawn from life. The book was a best seller when published in 1965 - a feat not yet repeated for a book about wild flowers.|
|Summary review: The primary reason for buying this book for me was nostalgia - for my childhood, expeditions to find wildflowers for a primary school project and (I now realise) for those wildflowers which are no longer common. There are probably quite a few people over the age of 50 who feel the same. Over and above that this was the book which introduced me to botanical illustration. I loved the fact that the wild flowers were illustrated rather than photographed and what seemed to me to be the very innovative way that the flowers were arranged on the page. I was hooked by this book and have remained interested ever since.|
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