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This major work first published in 1950 is still considered the classic work on the subject The book was revised and enlarged by ACC in the year 2000 and published to overwhelming acclaim; this is a reprint of that edition It provides a comprehensive critical and well illustrated survey of the portrayal of plants throughthan three thousand yearsOf the first edition the poet and gardening writer Vita Sackville West after referring in The Observer to the wealth of illustration and the fascination of the text then said 'Let no one think this is a book only for the specialist It is essential for the specialist certainly but it is also for all the flower lovers and all those who enjoy the by ways of biography and the added attraction of good writing'Wilfrid Blunt an artist himself brought to it a craftsman's appreciation and knowledge gained from experience the extensive literature and visits to many galleries on the Continent William T Stearn gave him much help on botanical biographical and bibliographical matters and contributed part of the textProfessor Stearn has revised and enlarged this classic work and greatly extended the chapter on the twentieth century This edition includes 126 colour platesthan twice as many as the original 1950 edition and 140 black and white illustrations thus making available to the general public numerous examples of the work of great botanical illustrators past and presentThis major work first published in 1950 is still considered the classic work on the subject The book was revised and enlarged by ACC in the year 2000 and published to overwhelming acclaim; this is a reprint of that edition It provides a comprehensive critical and well illustrated survey of the portrayal of plants throughthan three thousand yearsOf the first edition the poet and gardening writer Vita Sackville West after referring in The Observer to the wealth of illustration and the fascination of the text then said 'Let no one think this is a book only for the specialist It is essential for the specialist certainly but it is also for all the flower lovers and all those who enjoy the by ways of biography and the added attraction of good writing'Wilfrid Blunt an artist himself brought to it a craftsman's appreciation and knowledge gained from experience the extensive literature and visits to many galleries on the Continent William T Stearn gave him much help on botanical biographical and bibliographical matters and contributed part of the textProfessor Stearn has revised and enlarged this classic work and greatly extended the chapter on the twentieth century This edition includes 126 colour platesthan twice as many as the original 1950 edition and 140 black and white illustrations thus making available to the general public numerous examples of the work of great botanical illustrators past and presentThis major work first published in 1950 is still considered the classic work on the subject The book was revised and enlarged by ACC in the year 2000 and published to overwhelming acclaim; this is a reprint of that edition It provides a comprehensive critical and well illustrated survey of the portrayal of plants throughthan three thousand yearsOf the first edition the poet and gardening writer Vita Sackville West after referring in The Observer to the wealth of illustration and the fascination of the text then said 'Let no one think this is a book only for the specialist It is essential for the specialist certainly but it is also for all the flower lovers and all those who enjoy the by ways of biography and the added attraction of good writing'Wilfrid Blunt an artist himself brought to it a craftsman's appreciation and knowledge gained from experience the extensive literature and visits to many galleries on the Continent William T Stearn gave him much help on botanical biographical and bibliographical matters and contributed part of the textProfessor Stearn has revised and enlarged this classic work and greatly extended the chapter on the twentieth century This edition includes 126 colour platesthan twice as many as the original 1950 edition and 140 black and white illustrations thus making available to the general public numerous examples of the work of great botanical illustrators past and present