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A Vision Of Eden: The Life And Work Of Marianne North

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Marianne North, an unmarried middle-aged Victorian lady of comfortable means, set off in 1871 on her first expedition to make a pictorial record of the tropical and exotic plants of the world. The fascinating story of her travels is told in this abridged and lavishly illustrated version of her memoirs and autobiography, first published in 1893. Marianne produced more than ...more
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Published October 27th 1980 by Webb & Bower / The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) (first published 1980)
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Bea
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Took this down from my shelf as a gentle bedtime book. It is a recurring joy.

Excerpts from the diary of one of the 'Travelling Englishwomen' of the 19th century. Starting at age 40 when her father died, MN travelled to many countries, indefatiguably painting the flora and fauna she encountered.

The journal reads as a fairly commonplace travelogue, of the places she goes to, with brief mentions of the many people she meets and woth whom she stays. She clearly had the entree into the homes of
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Patricia
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great fun for readers who are into intrepid travellers and botany. The books offers selections from North's lively, cheerful accounts of her travels and color reproductions of her attractive botanical paintings.
Stephen Brody
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a shortened version, with plenty of colour illustrations, of two volumes Marianne North aptly titled Recollections of a Happy Life. I think that sums her up very well, and indeed I can imagine few more happy and enviable existences. Already accustomed with her father, she became an intrepid traveller at the age of forty and went to every outpost of the British Empire and beyond, painting incessantly local flora and scenes. They're accomplished though not especially great paintings, she ...more
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Marianne North was a prolific English Victorian biologist and botanical artist, notable for her plant and landscape paintings, her extensive foreign travels, her writings, her plant discoveries and the creation of her gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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