Saturday, January 11, 2014
Old Books, part 1
The area that's probably my favorite, and that I've set my mind to actually collecting, is Vintage Gardening, Landscape and Natural History books.
This first beauty, from 1909, was written by John McLaren. If you're not familiar with McLaren, he was a Scottish horticulturalist who designed, developed, and for 53 years was superintendent of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I bought this book in a local used book shop.
Being a California native, this book has special interest for me, besides which I lived in San Francisco for five years.
Pamela Gerard of Cappuccino and Art Journal, to help me get my collection started.
Exploring Tidal Life, was published in 1966 in Berkeley. The pages are simple reductions of a typed manuscript with tiny hand drawings.
Plants and Their Children is from 1940, has beautiful color plates and a gorgeous title page.
Next week I'll show you my small collection of old children's books.