The Flower-Fields of Alpine Switzerland. An Appreciation and a Plea.

The Flower-Fields of Alpine Switzerland. An Appreciation and a Plea.
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New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1912. 8vo, xviii, 195 pp. with 25 colour reproductions of watercolours by the author, each with printed tissue guard. Green cloth, gilt title and colour plate of an alpine meadow on upper cover, gilt titles on backstrip, top edge gilt. Foot of upper board slightly bumped, light wear to crown and foot of backstrip, upper hinge cracked but holding. An attractive copy in a slightly weakened binding. First American edition. A study of alpine meadows and an impassioned proposal to introduce more alpine plants to England by George Jackson Flemwell, a British artist of the Swiss alps and their flora. In Chapter II “Alpine Fields for England”, Flemwell assures us that he would not presume to meddle with such national treasures as English field of buttercups or a primrose copse (”to do any such thing would be purest sacrilege--and a wild conceit into the bargain!”) but that there are other, neglected spots, where with the introduction of Alpine field-flowers “value and charm can perhaps be augmented”. (Item Id: 105923)

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