A Wood Engraver's Alphabet / Edition 1

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Overview

An elegant little alphabet book for adults using original wood engravings of flowers to represent each of the twenty-six letters. Uniform in format with the bestselling Wood, Ink & Paper (Porcupine's Quill, 1980).

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Editorial Reviews

chumleyandpepys.blogspot.com

The engravings are so rich, so densely cut, that looking closely at the engravings one feels drawn into the pictures as if entering a forest, a forest of detail. Coming to the Foxglove, I felt as if I had entered a clearing and there stood the flower, totemic in its beauty.

— Ralph MacKay

Bytown Bookshop Review

'I have been flipping for the past month through the Wood Engraver's Alphabet by one of Canada's great engravers, G. Brender à Brandis, and with each pass through find some nuance or detail that I had missed and am charmed all over again by this beautiful little collections of engravings published by the Porcupine's Quill.'

— Richard Coxford

Independent Publisher Review

'Wood engraver Gerard Brender à Brandis has long been an avid gardener and botanist; his encyclopaedic knowledge of the plant world animates the exquisite microcosm of this collection, intended both for the student of the complexities of nature's creations and the patron of the intricate art of wood engraving.'

Associated Content Reviews

'The prints themselves are beautifully intricate portraits. Emerson said &'grave;In every work of genius, we recognize our thoughts. They come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.'' Brandis has made the familiar flowers new, beautiful. They're rendered devoid of their usual color but with a greater richness and texture.'

— J A Howe

chumleyandpepys.blogspot.com - Ralph MacKay

'The engravings are so rich, so densely cut, that looking closely at the engravings one feels drawn into the pictures as if entering a forest, a forest of detail. Coming to the Foxglove, I felt as if I had entered a clearing and there stood the flower, totemic in its beauty.'

Bytown Bookshop Review - Richard Coxford

'I have been flipping for the past month through the Wood Engraver's Alphabet by one of Canada's great engravers, G. Brender à Brandis, and with each pass through find some nuance or detail that I had missed and am charmed all over again by this beautiful little collections of engravings published by the Porcupine's Quill.'

chumleyandpepys.blogspot.com

'The engravings are so rich, so densely cut, that looking closely at the engravings one feels drawn into the pictures as if entering a forest, a forest of detail. Coming to the Foxglove, I felt as if I had entered a clearing and there stood the flower, totemic in its beauty.'

— Ralph MacKay

Bytown Bookshop Review

'I have been flipping for the past month through the Wood Engraver's Alphabet by one of Canada's great engravers, G. Brender à Brandis, and with each pass through find some nuance or detail that I had missed and am charmed all over again by this beautiful little collections of engravings published by the Porcupine's Quill.'

— Richard Coxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889843110
  • Publisher: Porcupine's Quill, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A member of the Society of Wood Engravers (England), Gerard Brender à Brandis has produced hundreds of drawings, wood engravings and watercolours of flowering plants, many of which were studied in his own garden. These images have appeared in books, including Wood, Ink and Paper, At Water's Edge and Portraits of Flowers (all published by The Porcupine's Quill) as well as in his own handmade editions. His work is represented in the collections of the Royal Botanical Gardens (Hamilton, Ontario), the Missouri Botanic Garden, the Arnold Arboretum and the Hunt Botanical Library. His garden and his studio are located in Stratford, Ontario.

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