worn early 19th century Herbal with 50 hand coloured engraved plates
Printed in Halifax c1815
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Botanica by Natalie Stopka
This artist book holds a collection of 12 eco prints, made on one late summer day in the Catskill Mountains. Each image is made only from the dye inherent to the plant. Gathered from the garden and foraged from the fields, these plant prints are the portrait of a place and time. Because some of the colorants in each image are not lightfast, they will gradually fade over time, leaving only the permanent dyes. The artist book is bound in naturally dyed and printed silk joined with a herringbone stitch.
Evergreen by Jill Bergman
Edition of 5,11.75 x 7.25 x 4.25 inches
This book has samples of needles and bark, images, statistics, and a few lines of poetry for each of seven different Colorado evergreen trees. The prints are hand colored solarplate etchings framed with brass strips. The tree samples are covered with mylar and held in place with stained wood. The pages are made of 5 stained pine boards sewn onto leather straps with linen thread.
DIY Botanical Press (by abeautifulmess)
Inspired by botanical prints and natural history illustrations, documenting your environment of plants, flowers and leaves becomes a personal catalog of your backyard. Nature presses are perfect for all seasons, but we’re partial to autumn because it’s the time of year when color fires through the countryside and gives you a different impression each day as winter takes over.
Art and Botany: A Xylotheque’s Cabinet of Curiosities
“With its flourishing book industry and emphasis on natural history, the Age of Enlightenment introduced new ways of bringing science and culture to curious audiences. One of its most remarkable inventions was the xylotheque. From the Greek words xylos, ‘wood,’ and theque, ‘repository,’ a xylotheque is, literally a “library of wood”—however, something is lost in this translation. To its audiences, the xylotheque was an experiential botanic expedition, an exquisite art form, and an ingenious way to examine the beauty and value of its plant specimens.
An enhanced version of botanical books that merely illustrated the taxonomy of trees, these volumes were in fact fabricated from their subjects. They were bound in the bark of their respective tree, covered with moses and lichens, and filled with pages fabricated from the tree’s leaves. Hinged with bark, each “book” opened to reveal a cabinet of curiosity. The hollow interior was an exhibit of the tree’s anatomy: tucked neatly inside were dried leaves, seeds, flowers, and a piece of the root. A written description of the tree’s biology and economic use was nested within the spine. Fabulously literal and remarkably beautiful, the xylotheque was a library of art and science, in equal parts. “