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Mee, Margaret:

Published by Rio de Janeiro: Salamandra (1989)

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About this Item: Rio de Janeiro: Salamandra, 1989. Quarto, 302 p., with several introductions and prefaces, including one by Roberto Burle Marx. Originalleinen mit Original-Schutzumschlag. ( cloth with dust jacket) First edition in Portuguese, translated from the English. Biographical information, and hundreds of illustrations, including many full-page Margaret Mee illustrations, detailing her many Amazonian expeditions. Portuguese translation of "In Search of Flowers of the Amazon Forests". pt Gewicht in Gramm: 1400. Seller Inventory # 140017

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Mee, Margaret;

Published by Nonesuch Expeditions, Suffolk, England (1989)

ISBN 10: 1869901088 ISBN 13: 9781869901080

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About this Item: Nonesuch Expeditions, Suffolk, England, 1989. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Third Impression. green cloth, gilt cover and spine, 302 p. : ill., maps, ports., pict. endpapers,edited by Tony Morrison ; foreword by H.R.H., the Duke of Edinburgh ; appreciations from Ghillean T. Prance, Richard Evans Schultes, Roberto Burle Marx., "This book recounts the author's amazing and adventurous travels through her 'fifties,'sixties' and 'seventies', by canoe, on foot and often alone, They make an unusually exciting introduction to the Amazin as the reader is taken through forests, led by the hand of a warmly enthuastiac lady traveler." from the d.j. Size: 4to., 28 Cm., Seller Inventory # 1123377

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Nancy Leys Stepan

Published by Cornell University Press, United States (2001)

ISBN 10: 0801438810 ISBN 13: 9780801438813

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About this Item: Cornell University Press, United States, 2001. Hardback. Condition: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Whether as sublime landscape, malignant wilderness, or a site for environmental conflicts and eco-tourism, tropical nature is to a great extent an American and European imaginative construct, conveyed in literature, travel writing, drawings, paintings, photographs, and diagrams. These images are central to Nancy Leys Stepan s view that a critical examination of the tropicalization of nature can remedy some of the most persistent misrepresentations of the region and its peoples.Picturing Tropical Nature reflects on the work of several nineteenth- and twentieth-century scientists and artists, including Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Louis Agassiz, Sir Patrick Manson, and Margaret Mee. Their careers illuminate several aspects of tropicalization: science and art in the making of tropical pictures; the commercial and cultural boom in things tropical in the modern period; photographic attempts to represent tropical hybrid races; anti-tropicalism and its role in an emerging environmentalist sensibility; and visual depictions of disease in the new tropical medicine. Essential to Stepan s analysis are the responses to European projections of artists, scientists, and intellectuals living in tropical regions. She examines the long-standing Brazilian fantasy of the tropics as a racial democracy, and offers an evaluation of the impact of tropical plants and European conceptions of the jungle on the anti-mimetic, modernist aesthetics of the brilliant landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx. In a fascinating inquiry into the aesthetic and political, Stepan demonstrates the conflicts over meaning that have shaped the emergence of the tropics, and in doing so questions the nature of representation itself. Seller Inventory # APC9780801438813

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Nancy Leys Stepan

Published by Cornell University Press, United States (2001)

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About this Item: Cornell University Press, United States, 2001. Hardback. Condition: New. New.. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Whether as sublime landscape, malignant wilderness, or a site for environmental conflicts and eco-tourism, tropical nature is to a great extent an American and European imaginative construct, conveyed in literature, travel writing, drawings, paintings, photographs, and diagrams. These images are central to Nancy Leys Stepan s view that a critical examination of the tropicalization of nature can remedy some of the most persistent misrepresentations of the region and its peoples.Picturing Tropical Nature reflects on the work of several nineteenth- and twentieth-century scientists and artists, including Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Louis Agassiz, Sir Patrick Manson, and Margaret Mee. Their careers illuminate several aspects of tropicalization: science and art in the making of tropical pictures; the commercial and cultural boom in things tropical in the modern period; photographic attempts to represent tropical hybrid races; anti-tropicalism and its role in an emerging environmentalist sensibility; and visual depictions of disease in the new tropical medicine. Essential to Stepan s analysis are the responses to European projections of artists, scientists, and intellectuals living in tropical regions. She examines the long-standing Brazilian fantasy of the tropics as a racial democracy, and offers an evaluation of the impact of tropical plants and European conceptions of the jungle on the anti-mimetic, modernist aesthetics of the brilliant landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx. In a fascinating inquiry into the aesthetic and political, Stepan demonstrates the conflicts over meaning that have shaped the emergence of the tropics, and in doing so questions the nature of representation itself. Seller Inventory # APC9780801438813

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Nancy Leys Stepan

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About this Item: Cornell University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 256 pages. Dimensions: 9.5in. x 6.4in. x 0.9in.Whether as sublime landscape, malignant wilderness, or a site for environmental conflicts and eco-tourism, tropical nature is to a great extent an American and European imaginative construct, conveyed in literature, travel writing, drawings, paintings, photographs, and diagrams. These images are central to Nancy Leys Stepans view that a critical examination of the tropicalization of nature can remedy some of the most persistent misrepresentations of the region and its peoples. Picturing Tropical Nature reflects on the work of several nineteenth- and twentieth-century scientists and artists, including Alexander von Humboldt, Alfred Russel Wallace, Louis Agassiz, Sir Patrick Manson, and Margaret Mee. Their careers illuminate several aspects of tropicalization: science and art in the making of tropical pictures; the commercial and cultural boom in things tropical in the modern period; photographic attempts to represent tropical hybrid races; anti-tropicalism and its role in an emerging environmentalist sensibility; and visual depictions of disease in the new tropical medicine. Essential to Stepans analysis are the responses to European projections of artists, scientists, and intellectuals living in tropical regions. She examines the long-standing Brazilian fantasy of the tropics as a racial democracy, and offers an evaluation of the impact of tropical plants and European conceptions of the jungle on the anti-mimetic, modernist aesthetics of the brilliant landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx. In a fascinating inquiry into the aesthetic and political, Stepan demonstrates the conflicts over meaning that have shaped the emergence of the tropics, and in doing so questions the nature of representation itself. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # 9780801438813

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Flowers of the Brazilian Forests Collected and: Mee Margaret
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About this Item: The Tryon Gallery, London, 1968. Quarter Calf. Condition: Very Good Plus. Limited to 500 copies. Book measures 21 1/2 x 16 inches. Collation, 32 full page coloured plates, including frontispiece, with accompanying text. Bound in quater-bound green morocco with hand-marble paper boards. Binding in excellent clean firm condition. Internally, pages clean and bright throughout. House in original publishers green cloth slipcase. Slipcase has some minor wear and abrasion marks. A very nice near fine copy. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Seller Inventory # 097829

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Flowers of the Brazilian Forests: Mee, Margaret; Marx,

Mee, Margaret; Marx, Roberto Burle

Published by Tryon Gallery, London (1968)

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About this Item: Tryon Gallery, London, 1968. Half-Leather. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Limited Edition - Numbered. Thirty-two full page, full color lithographs each signed in the plate by Margaret Mee (UK, 1909-88). Copy No. 173 of a Limited Edition of 500. This copy bound with green morroco and hand marbled paper. This copy from the Library of the National Geographic Society is far better than most ex-library with exterior labels carefully removed. All lithographs bright and clean with tissue guards present, Barking Dog Books and Art LLC has been an independent bookseller online since 2002. Orders are processed promptly, carefully packed, and shipped with delivery confirmation. Size: Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Ex-Library. Seller Inventory # 009386

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MEE, Margaret, foreword by Roberto Burle Marx, preface by Sir George Taylor;

Published by . London, The Tryon Gallery in association with George Rainbird, [1968], First edition, limited edition of 500 copies of which this is #350. (1968)

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About this Item: . London, The Tryon Gallery in association with George Rainbird, [1968], First edition, limited edition of 500 copies of which this is #350., 1968. large folio [53 x 41 cm]; [72 l] pp, 32 fine colored plates, including frontis, from paintings by Mee, each with tissue guard, signed in the plate by Mee, dated 1960s, maps, list of plates, pictorial endpapers. original green morocco-backed boards, bound by Zaehnsdorf, boards with hand marbled paper, gilt spine title lettering & gilt vignette on front, top edge gilted, original clear glassine jacket, original cloth slipcase, clean, fine and bright copy. A superb production with most attractive plates, including nine of orchids and six of bromeliads, each plate with a descriptive leaf. Margaret Mee (1909-88) traveled to the Amazon area 15 times over a 32 year period, by canoe, on foot and often alone. Her paintings and sketches "could stand without shame in the high company of such masters as Georg Dionysius Ehret and Redoute" (Wilfred Blunt). Mee was a passionate conservationist and devoted her life to recording the diversity and beauty of the Amazon. She was one of the first to protest the destruction still taking place there. Sitwell in Great Flower Books describes her work as: 'exceptional and quite in the tradition of the great eighteenth-century books '. 'Mee's work is of an unusually high order of excellence and in the best tradition of flower painting' [Taylor, director of Royal Botanic Garden of Kew]. 'Mee was a talented botanical painter and intrepid traveller. . .an exceptional personality' [Oak Spring Flora]. One of the plants illustrated was discovered by Mee herself. A picture of this book is available on request. Seller Inventory # A13044

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MEE, Margaret (1909-1988).

Published by Santo Antonio da Bica Sitio in Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro: after 1973 (1973)

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About this Item: Santo Antonio da Bica Sitio in Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro: after 1973, 1973. Single leaf of a field sketchbook (12 6/8 x 9 inches). Original gouache and watercolour over graphite, drawing of a probable white Bombax flower, annotated by Mee in pencil, beneath the image "Robert's Sitio Bombax - ?". Provenance: from the collection of Margaret and Greville Mee; with Henry Sotheran Ltd, "Margaret Mee: works on paper and printed books", 2010, item 18. A beautiful delicate painting of a white Bombax flower, which Mee presumably painted at the Santo Antonio da Bica Sitio in Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro, which Mee's close friend and collaborator Roberto Burle Marx purchased in 1949 to accommodate his plant collection, and where he lived from 1973. After Mee's death in 1988, Burle Marx created a "Sombral Margaret Mee" in her honour in the Sitio. Burle Marx gifted the Sitio - which boasts one of the greatest collections of living plants in the world - to the Brazilian Government before his death in 1994, and it was subsequently renamed the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx. "Unlike Amazon botanical artists before her, Margaret worked entirely from living plants. Her fifteen expeditions into the interior, mostly to Amazonia, involved travelling and living under the most primitive conditions. She would draw at night by torchlight to capture rare nocturnal flowers, and this immediacy gave her paintings an accuracy, depth, and colour unrivalled by her predecessors. Her travels coincided with the beginning of the commercial exploitation of the forest, and she expressed her fury at the damage caused to the land and its peoples" (DNB). Margaret Mee first visited Brazil in 1952 in order to care for her sister Catherine, who was ill. She soon settled there with her husband Greville Mee and it was a few years later that she made her first expedition up the Amazon. Over the next 32 years she made a number of further trips up the Amazon and in coastal areas of Brazil, some of them lasting for four months. During these years, she continued to paint and draw what she saw and kept diaries of her travels, later published. In 1988, shortly after completing another Amazon trip, Mee came to England to lecture to the Royal Geographic Society and to attend the opening of an exhibition of her paintings at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. During this visit, she was tragically killed in a car crash. For more information about this watercolour, please contact Lori Cohen at Arader Galleries. Seller Inventory # 72wcd157

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About this Item: 1968. London: L. van Leer & Company for The Tryon Gallery in association with George Rainbird, 1968. Folio (530 x 390mm). Original full natural vellum by Zaehnsdorf, gilt facsimile of author's signature blocked on upper board, vignette of a tejú-assu lizard after Mee blocked in gilt on lower board, spine lettered in gilt, endpapers with printed vignettes of the tejú-assu after Mee, top edges gilt, original green cloth slipcase with gilt lettering-piece on upper panel, original shipping carton addressed to Richard Mitchell, Aldham, Essex and with limitation numbers; pp. [80], title printed in green and black; illustration: original gouache over pencil painting on paper watermarked 'Raffaello Fabbriano' signed 'Margaret Mee' and titled 'Bauhinia' and further inscribed '44' mounted as an additional frontispiece, retaining tissue guard, 32 colour-lithographed plates including frontispiece, all plates retaining tissue guards, text illustrations, double-page map [after Greville Mee] printed in red and black showing Mee's journeys and the locations where the flowers depicted were collected, with loose original prospectus; a fine copy; First and only edition, limited to 500 copies, this no. 42 of 100 de luxe copies signed by Mee to verso of title page and with an original gouache by Mee. Both the issues of 100 de luxe copies and of six copies reserved for the artist contain an original gouache painting by Mee mounted as a frontispiece. Mee's early expeditions into the Amazon region culminated in this, the first major publication of her Brazilian flower paintings and a botanical book of the greatest importance. Not only are the images the result of painstaking observation and meticulous attention to detail, the descriptions -- supplemented by notes from Mee's own travel diaries -- were written by the noted Brazilian, American, and British taxonomists Luiz Emygdio de Mello, Bassett Maguire, Andrà Robyns, Richard S. Cowan, Lyman B. Smith, John J. Wurdack, B.L. Burtt, David R. Hunt, Guido F.J. Pabst, and Raulino Reitz. The text, which is prefaced by an introduction by Mee's friend Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), the famed Brazilian artist and landscape gardener, has an authoritative rigour that supports the magnificent illustrations. As George Taylor (the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) remarked in his preface, 'special scientific interest and importance attaches to certain of the plates, which portray species new to science, or are illustrated for the first time, and the consummate quality of all the paintings is enhanced by botanical accuracy in the observation of detail [.] Mee's work is of an unusually high order of excellence, and in the best tradition of flower painting'. The three new species described and illustrated are the Catasetum meeae (no. 16, 'collected by Margaret Mee in the State of Amazonas, at the Içana River [in December 1964], and brought into cultivation at São Paolo where it flowered in July 1965', and named for Mee by Pabst); the Spathiphyllum grazielae (no. 31, collected in Paranapiacaba, São Paolo, in February 1967); the Neoregelia margaretae (no. 25, collected by Mee by the Rio Içana in January 1965 and named for her by Smith). Ruth Stiff and Simon Mayo state that, 'during her journeys, Margaret Mee collected four of the five species of Neoregalia known from Amazonian Brazil, and is credited with first discovering three of them herself -- N. margaretae, N. leviana, and N. meeana. Margaret's significant contribution to the knowledge of this genus helped establish her reputation as both a scientist and a botanical explorer. As Neoregalia margaretae has not yet been recollected, it is known only from Margaret's collections' (M. Mee Margaret Mee's Amazon (Woodbridge and Kew: 2004), p. 302). Flowers of the Brazilian Forests was conceived when Mee's work attracted the attention of Sir George Taylor, the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, after she had won the Royal Horticultural Society's Grenfell. Seller Inventory # 2085522

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MEE, Margaret (1909-1988).

Published by The Tryon Gallery, London (1968)

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About this Item: The Tryon Gallery, London, 1968. Large folio, (20 ¾ x 15 ½ inches). ORIGINAL GOUACHE OVER PENCIL SIGNED BY MARGARET MEE of "Billbergi pyramidalis" tipped-in before the title-page, 32 color halftone plates reproducing Mee's botanical gouache paintings. Original vellum gilt by Zaehsndorf, acetate dust jacket, green cloth slipcase. "AN ACCURACY, DEPTH, AND COLOUR UNRIVALLED BY HER PREDECESSORS" (DNB). First Edition. Limited Edition, number 21 of 100 copies, SIGNED BY MEE, with an original gouache painting, and bound in vellum. "Unlike Amazon botanical artists before her, Margaret worked entirely from living plants. Her fifteen expeditions into the interior, mostly to Amazonia, involved travelling and living under the most primitive conditions. She would draw at night by torchlight to capture rare nocturnal flowers, and this immediacy gave her paintings an accuracy, depth, and colour unrivalled by her predecessors. Her travels coincided with the beginning of the commercial exploitation of the forest, and she expressed her fury at the damage caused to the land and its peoples" (DNB). Mee's magnificent botanical paintings, most based on specimens collected during her own expeditions, includes several illustrations and descriptions of plants either recently discovered (one by Mee herself) or never previously illustrated, as explained in the preface by Sir George Taylor, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, who compares Mee's paintings favorably to the work of her predecessor C.F. P. von Martius, author of the Flora brasiliensis (1840-1906). 17 plant families are represented, with each section introduced by one of 10 different botanist contributors. The plates are accompanied by detailed part-scientific, part-anecdotal descriptions by the artist. Some are quite poignant, for Mee experienced first-hand the tremendous losses to the world's ecological resources that began occurring in the 20th century. Noting, for example, that in previous years she was able to find the rare Brazilian orchid Laelia purpurata "in the swampy forests around Ubatuba," she deplores the fact that "these wonderful coastal forests are being steadily destroyed, often for use as firewood! With them perish untold numbers of animals and plants. So the advance of civilisation and industrialization proceeds at the cost of the total destruction of all that is most beautiful and precious in creation" (text to Plate 13). Margaret Mee was in her forties when she first visited Brazil with her husband Greville Mee. They moved there soon after and it was at the age of 47 that she made her first expedition up the Amazon. Over the next 32 years she made a number of further trips up the Amazon and in coastal areas of Brazil, some of them lasting for four months. During these years, she continued to paint and draw what she saw and kept diaries of her travels, later published. In 1988, at the age of 79 and shortly after completing another Amazon trip, Mee came to England to lecture to the Royal Geographic Society and to attend the opening of an exhibition of her paintings at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. During this visit, she was tragically killed in a car crash. Seller Inventory # 001978

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