Flowering Trees of the Caribbean Botanical Book - 1951 Edition - Illustrated by Bernard and Harriet Pertchik
Shower of Gold, Chinaberry, Pride of Burma, Queen of Flowers, Yellow Flamboyant, Malay Apple, Potato Tree, Madre de Cacao... the beauty of the Caribbean tropics come alive in this stunning botanical portrait book...
A gorgeous subject matter deserves a gorgeous book. There will be no disappointment in that department when it comes to this beautiful coffee table book featuring thirty blooming trees found in the Caribbean landscape.
Combining art, geography, science, and history, the botanical collection included here bursts with vibrant color at the turn of each page while sharing unique and interesting information regarding a variety of tropical trees.
Illustrated by husband and wife team, Bernard and Harriet Pertchik, the floral portraits are so finely detailed and so boldly colored, they will be sure to brighten your space even on the darkest of winter days. Both Pertchiks were self-taught commercial artists, but Harriet is no stranger to the Vintage Kitchen. She painted Betty Crocker's portrait in 1986 as well as updated the Blue Bonnet gal, Sue and painted the portrait of Quaker Oats' Mama Celeste. But before all those ladies came into her life, Harriet was painting botanicals of fruits, vegetables and flowers alongside her husband.
The first of its kind when it debuted in 1951, Flowering Trees was inspired by William White's WWII aviation days and his natural curiosity about the flora and fauna he observed from the sky as he flew over the Caribbean Islands. Not much was clearly and concisely written on the subject before, so he got to work producing a work of art.
A true marvel for any botanical fan, gardening enthusiast or armchair traveler, this book tells sweeping stories of spice trades and sails, explorers and educators, botanists and beauty lovers.
- Published in 1951
- 125 pages
- Ex-library edition
- Comes with a protective mylar cover
- Includes a list of common names for each tree as they are referred to in different areas of the islands for quick reference
In lovely vintage condition. The original owner's name is written in pen on the inside cover along with a few minor library stamps and notations appropriate for a circulating book. Very clean on the interior pages with very bright and colorful illustrations. There is a small ripple in the very top corner of each of the pages (where you normally might find a dog ear) and the endpaper in back is missing. The backside of the front endpaper features a vintage 1951 newspaper article taped into the book Please see photos.
Measures 12.25"inches (length) x 9" inches (width) x .75" inches (thickness) and weighs 2.5lbs.