Published by Te Papa Press
Publication Date: 2006
This beautiful two-volume set brings together Audrey Eagle’s botanical artworks from her best-selling 1975 and 1983 publications. It includes over 170 new paintings, bringing the total number of plants to more than 800 - all in colour and life-size. Flowers, fruits, and other features are shown in superb detail.
Comprehensive notes, written in consultation with expert botanists, accompany the illustrations. They provide up-to-date information on each plant’s habitat, distribution, identification, nomenclature, and more.
This set represents Audrey Eagle’s life’s work. It is an outstanding contribution to botany in New Zealand - and an essential addition to any library.
Winner of the Montana Medal for Non-fiction 2007 and winner of the Illustrative section of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007.
In addition, this book also won three awards in the Spectrum Print Book Design Awards 2007; Best Book, Best cover and Best Illustrated Book. The designers are Neil Parfdington of Base Two (covers ) and Robyn Sivewright of Afineline (interiors).
The book was also short-listed for the Booksellers’ Choice Award. This award is given to the book that bookstores have enjoyed reading, selling and promoting the most.
“Audrey Eagle’s meticulous and beautiful renditions of our native flora are acclaimed, but it is in her insistence on accuracy that makes her works on native trees and shrubs such a respected reference books.”
Mary Lovell-Smith, The Press. October 2006
“A background in engineering draughting honed her observation skills and made her illustrations more accurate than if she had come from an artistic background.
A first book on NZ plants published in1975 had 228 plants, a second volume with 405 more plants followed. The new two-volume edition published by Te Papa Press includes the earlier illustrations, many of them improved and 170 new ones, all illustrated life size.”
Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, October 2006
Extent: 2 volumes, 1114 pp in total
Illustrations: 500 full-colour
Format: 280 mm x 230 mm portrait
Binding: 2 hardbacks in a slipcase