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For thirty-two years, the artist Margaret Mee was enchanted by and lured back again and again to the massive, unpredictable and fertile rainforests of Amazonas. Her initial objective, to search out and illustrate the glorious flora growing in the tree canopies and along the innumerable waterways of the great rivers of the Amazon basin, was later combined with a growing concern at the commercial plunder of the great forests. Her first expedition to Amazonas was in 1956 and it was then that she began to keep the diaries that, along with her paintings, drawings and sketches, make up this book. Although plant hunting always came first whenever possible and practical, other events often took over. A small dug-out canoe could become a waterlogged, if not dangerous, place to be; rapids had to be got through; recalcitrant boatmen were gently or sternly coerced; drunken prospectors were held off with a revolver. She was fascinated by the rich mix of Brazilians she came across and often lived with for a tim
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Margaret Mee was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire in 1909. She died tragically in a road accident in Leicestershire in 1988. For more than 35 years she had lived in Brazil with her husband. Soon after her death her name was added to the World Wide Fund for Nature, International Conservation Roll of Honour.From Booklist:
British botanical artist and Amazon explorer Margaret Mee (1909-88) recorded her observations with pen and brush. Like a great plant explorer, Mee had a profound affinity for the place, its plants, and its people. In this munificent volume, her graceful and exquisitely detailed paintings of flora and fauna, works that combine both science and art, are accompanied by photographs and her extensive travel journals. Filled with botanical information and tales of adventure and hardship--including boat trouble, feuds, getting lost, and being bitten so fiercely by insects that her eyes swelled shut and she had to wrap her hands in plastic--Mee's travelogues are as riveting as her paintings are beautiful. Donna Seaman
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Book Description Antique Collectors Club Dist, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111851494545
Book Description Antique Collectors Club Dist, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1851494545
Book Description Antique Collectors Club Dist A/C, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: new. Reprint of 1988 Edition. ISBN:1851494545. [Folio] 319p. ill.(col._plates) index. New in dj protected against wear and tear in Brodart Archival Mylar. First published in 1988 and recreated in this edition, Margaret Mee's diaries and sketchbooks outline the brilliant career of an outstanding and modest botanical artist, who portrayed the great forests as they have never been viewed before. New in dj protected against wear and tear in Brodart Archival Mylar. Seller Inventory # 107029