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Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania

Whittingham, Sarah

Editore: Frances Lincoln, 2012
ISBN 10: 0711230706 / ISBN 13: 9780711230705
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Titolo: Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania

Casa editrice: Frances Lincoln

Data di pubblicazione: 2012

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione libro: New


Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The fascinating story of Pteridomania or Fern Fever, which took hold of Britain from the 1840s. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0711230706

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Riassunto: Of all the many passions and crazes in nineteenth-century gardening and natural history, none was as long lasting or as wide reaching as fern fever, or Pteridomania as it became known.  The obsession with ferns was not confined to a few professional botanists but it affected men, women and children from all classes through the British Isles, the Empire and America.

Books and articles encouraged thousands to set out on fern forays.  Their overwhelming desire to 'capture' a rare specimen led them to wade through streams, scale rock faces, descend gorges and lean over fast-flowing rivers.  Accidents were common, sometimes fatal, and over-collecting and even fern stealing were rife.

Sarah Whittingham has explored verdant ferneries and Pulhamite grottoes throughout the land, read hundreds of Victorian works on ferns, and examined ferny items from Coalbrookdale benches to Royal Worcester pottery to reveal the incredible extent of the craze.  She introduces the key players - John Lindsay, Nathaniel Ward, George Loddiges, Edward Newman, Thomas Moore - together with many others.

It was possible to live a life in ferns from the cradle to the grave:  if you were to go to the seaside, visit the theatre, view an exhibition, decorate your house, read novels, play music and even spend time in hospital, you would come upon ferns and ferneries.

Fern Fever encompasses garden history, social history, and the decorative arts, illustrated with over 150 beautiful images from around the world. It includes a list of places to visit where you can experience the Victorian fern craze first hand today.

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'deserves to become the standard reference on the subject.' (The Victorian Society)
Editor's Choice: 'This lavishly illustrated survey will delight all interested in social history, garden history and the decorative arts.' ( Good Book Guide)
'a superb new book' (Anna Pavord, The Independent)

'One picks it up never imagining how such a subject could possibly be compelling, only to finish so beguiled by the topic you have to wonder how on earth these madly delightful fronds ever left center stage. It inspires that sort of fern fever.' ( Dallas Morning News)

'The perfect recipe for a fascinating literary foray into the fern phenomenon.' ( Canadian Gardening Magazine)

'Twenty-first century gardeners interested in the Victorian fascination for collections of particular kinds of plants should look no further for insight than Sarah Whittingham's new book. . . . Whittingham's examination of the wider fascination for ferns reveals a fresh insight into the period's social history . . . There is much to learn from this book, not only about ferns but about a period in British history that continues to influence a nation's culture to this day. It is written with great clarity [and] is beautifully illustrated'' ( BBC Gardens Illustrated)

Four out of five stars. 'Victorians would give their eyeteeth for [this book]; the 21st-century plant enthusiast can just turn the pages in wonder.' ( The Lady)

'In this authoritative hardback, illustrated with superb paintings, drawings and photographs, Sarah Whittingham . . . examines this passion for ferns in absorbing detail.' ( Cumbria Life)

'This is just one of the fascinating facts that make this book such a joy to read. It's packed with information, yet it romps along.' ( Oxford Times)

'This is a comprehensive study of the subject, richly illustrated throughout.' ( Western Daily Press)

'The surprise for modern readers of Sarah Whittingham's excellent survey lies both in the extent of the British craze . . . and the lengths to which it drove its adherents.' ( The World of Interiors)

'Pteridologists, fern lovers, and social historians will find this book irresistible.' (Martin Rickard, The Plantsman)

'a revelation' ( Garden design Journal)

'Beautifully illustrated and a joy to read.' (Devon Gardens Trust)

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