1997 - A Shaker’s Sister’s Drawings; Wild Plants Illustrated By Cora Helena Sarle , First Edition
Published 1997, First Edition
The Monacelli Press; Publishers/ New York
"A Shaker Sister's Drawings: Wild Plants Illustrated by Cora Helena Sarle" is a book that showcases the botanical illustrations of Cora Helena Sarle, a Shaker sister who lived at the Shaker community in Canterbury, New Hampshire, during the 19th century. The history behind this book is closely tied to the Shaker religious community and its commitment to a simple, communal way of life.
The Shakers were a religious group known for their dedication to communal living, pacifism, and gender equality. They also had a deep appreciation for art, craftsmanship, and horticulture. One of the ways they expressed their creativity and knowledge of nature was through the creation of intricate botanical drawings and herbariums, which documented local plant life.
Cora Helena Sarle was a member of the Canterbury Shaker community, and her remarkable illustrations of wild plants have been preserved and compiled into this book. Her drawings provide valuable insights into the flora of the New Hampshire region during the 19th century. These illustrations not only serve as beautiful works of art but also as scientific records of the plants that surrounded the Canterbury Shaker community.
The book "A Shaker Sister's Drawings" helps to preserve and celebrate Cora Helena Sarle's talent and the Shaker community's contributions to art, science, and the documentation of local biodiversity. It provides a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the Shaker religious movement and their commitment to living in harmony with the natural world.
Green cloth with very lovely gilt lettering to front board and gilt lettering to spine, binding tight, clean pages.
Dust Jacket-Very good condition.
Size: 9 1/2” x 11 1/2”
A VERY beautiful coffee table piece for the lover of botanicals!