In an engaging opening essay, the book introduces the practice and philosophy of bonsai, its spiritual resonance, and its horticultural sophistication. Then alongside each tree's portrait, is a short, thoughtful discussion of the species and style of the tree as well as its individual history and character. Readers will cherish this superbly conceived and designed book while gaining a new appreciation for the living masterpieces that inspired it.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 166
Weight: 1293 g
Dimensions: 248 x 248 x 23 mm
-- Paul B. Redman
"Whether you're a longtime aficionado or have just a passing knowledge or curiosity about bonsai, Bonsai: A Patient Art will provide an extraordinary look at this ancient practice. Published by the Chicago Botanic Garden, home to a world-class bonsai collection, in conjunction with Yale University Press, Bonsai does a beautiful job of not only explaining the basic principles and techniques but of illustrating them."-Chicago Tribune * Chicago Tribune *
"A very inspirational book. . . If you recognize somebody who has been doing bonsai for a long time and wish to encourage them this book would make an important gift."-Biological Sciences Book Reviews * Biological Sciences *
"This book gives us 62 portraits of individual bonsai and they respond well to the treatment, allowing us to admire the balance, the detail and the carefully concealed artifice."-Anna Pavord, The Independent -- Anna Pavord * The Independent *
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