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Monsters under Glass A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present
ISBN: HB: 9781780239750, Reaktion Books, July 2018
256 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 36 illus.
"Monsters under Glass" explores our enduring fascination with hothouses and exotic blooms, from their rise in ancient times, through the Victorian vogue for plant collecting, to the present day. Our interest in hothouses can be traced back to the R...
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£25,00
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Waterless Sea A Curious History of Mirages
ISBN: HB: 9781780239323, Reaktion Books, May 2018
184 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 42 illus., 16 in colour
Mirages have long astonished travellers and beguiled thirsty desert voyagers. Chinese and Japanese poetry and images depicted mirages as the exhalations of clam-monsters. Indian sources related them to the "thirst of gazelles", a metaphor for the fut...
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Landscape Vision of Paul Nash
ISBN: PB: 9780948462023, Reaktion Books, October 2016
136 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 34 colour illus., 38 black&white illus.
Paul Nash (1889-1946) has long been admired as one of the outstanding English landscape painters of the 20th century. Nash had a deep affinity for Southern England – his favourite subjects were locations such as the rolling downland near Swanage, the...
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Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men Landscape Revolution in Eighteenth-century England
ISBN: HB: 9781780236445, Reaktion Books, July 2016
352 pp., 25x19 cm, 60 colour illus., 65 black&white illus.
?Lancelot "Capability" Brown is often thought of as an innovative genius who single-handedly pioneered a new, "naturalistic'"style of landscape design. But he was only one of many landscape designers in Georgian England, albeit the most commercially...
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£30,00
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Making of Place Modern and Contemporary Gardens
ISBN: HB: 9781780235202, Reaktion Books, November 2015
288 pp., 25x19 cm, 70 colour illus., 30 black&white illus.
While some gardens are built with a respect towards tradition, others forge new, innovative ways to carve out a space for respite in nature. They can reflect the priorities of modern society, bring new ideas and materials into the world, or seek the...
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World of Gardens
ISBN: PB: 9781780235066, Reaktion Books, July 2015
384 pp., 25x19 cm, 130 black&white illus., 70 colour illus.
A Japanese garden is immediately distinct to the eye from the traditional gardens of an English manor house, just as the manicured topiaries of Versailles contrast with the sharp cacti of the American Southwest. Though gardening is beloved the world...
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Zen Landscapes Perspectives on Japanese Gardens and Ceramics
ISBN: HB: 9781780231907, Reaktion Books, September 2013
256 pp., 25x19 cm, 2 black&white illus., 106 colour illus.
The essential elements of a dry Japanese garden are few: rocks, gravel, moss. Simultaneously a sensual matrix, a symbolic form, and a memory theater, these gardens exhibit beautiful miniaturization and precise craftsmanship. But their apparent minima...
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Nature Over Again The Garden Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay
ISBN: HB: 9781861893932, Reaktion Books, December 2008
200 pp., 25x19 cm, 12 black&white illus., 144 colour illus.
Though Ian Hamilton Finlay's (1925-2006) work Little Sparta is, according to Sir Roy Strong, "the most important garden made in Britain since 1945", his influence – and work – is found worldwide. "Nature Over Again" reveals the story behind the major...
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Afterlife of Gardens
ISBN: HB: 9781861892188, Reaktion Books, October 2004
256 pp., 20.8x15.6 cm, 84 illus.
Most books on the history of gardens describe the way that gardens have been created; by contrast, "The Afterlife of Gardens" examines the way that gardens have been experienced. Using examples from many sites around the world, John Dixon Hunt examin...
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Fruitful Sites Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China
ISBN: PB: 9780948462887, Reaktion Books, October 1996
240 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 48 illus.
Gardens are sites that can be at one and the same time admired works of art and valuable pieces of real estate. As the first account in English to be wholly based on contemporary Chinese sources, this beautifully illustrated book grounds the practice...
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