An Oak Spring Flora.An Oak Spring Flora: flower illustration from the fifteenth century to the present time. A sepection of rare books, manuscripts and works of art in the collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon

Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi. Oak Spring Garden Library, Upperville: 1997.

Quarto, 427 pp. Illustrations, fine copy in dustwrapper, the bookplate of Margaret Stones, tipped in letters including one from the author to Stones.

This authoratative and magnificently illustrated presentation covers the art of flower depiction in the West.  Thematically organised, topics range from Tulipomania and female artists, to Dutch and Flemish painting and the search for exotics in remote lands. The author provides personal and contextual backgrounds that are essential for a real understanding and appreciation of floral illustration, past and present.