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Botanical illustration Watercolor painting. Cape of Good Hope (South Africa).
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Book Description (Johannesburg: The Brenthurst Press, 1996) 0909079552, 1996. Brenthurst Third Series, Number 2. The standard edition, limited to 850 copies. Quarto; original tan cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; ribbon marker; pp. 295, incl. index; lavishly illustrated with reproductions of contemporary portraits, botanical and topographical illustrations, largely in full colour. Fine condition. "A visit to the Cape of Good Hope from 1834 to 1838 to survey the southern skies exposed Herschel to another great natural wonder - the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora. The profound impact this encounter had on both John and his wife Margaret resulted in a magnificent portfolio of botanical drawings, outlined by John using a camera lucida for scientific accuracy, and painted in watercolours by Margaret. Herschel's restless, analytical mind also led him to consider deeper issues, among them the morphology of bulbs, the diversity of species, and botanical scents and perfumes. The Brenthurst Press has once again drawn on the resources of The Brenthurst Library, the private Africana collection of Mr H.F. Oppenheimer, and other relevant material (much of it unpublished and in private collections) to produce 'Flora Herscheliana: Sir John and Lady Herschel at the Cape, 1834 to 1838', by Brian Warner and John Rourke. The book . is a celebration of the Herschels' fascination with the abundant beauty they discovered on the doorstep of Feldhausen, their home at the Cape.". Seller Inventory # 10582
Book Description The Brenthurst Press., Johannesburg, 1996. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Limited Edition. VERY HEAVY. xix, 293pp, index, bibliography, appendices, num bw & col ills, pictorial endpapers. Or tan cloth in jacket. Light tape stains to endpapers and flaps from earlier protective cover being taped down. One of 850 copies bound in cloth.A visit to the Cape of Good Hope by Sir John and Lady Herschel from 1834-1838 resulted in a magnificent portfolio of botanical drawings. Herschel also considered deeper issues, among them the morphology of bulbs, the diversity of species and botanical scents and perfumes. Size: 4to. Seller Inventory # 033037