|Title:||North American Wild Flowers|
|Tags:||botany, Canadiana, flowers, non-fiction, North America|
The title says it all. A look at some of the loveliest North American wildflowers. The botanical artwork is worth a look for sure!
The book contains botanical descriptions of wildflowers and colored plates of artwork of most of the flowers. These flowers would have been commonly observed at the time of the original publication. Most of these flowers are still present in woodlands and prairies throughout North America today, however some such as Cypripedium species orchids are becoming rare and are considered to be endangered. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Chamberlin, Agnes Dunbar (née Moodie)
Agnes Dunbar Moodie Chamberlin (1833-1913) was a Canadian artist. Her mother, Susanna Moodie, was an accomplished author. She was born into a talented family: Agnes Strickland, Jane Margaret Strickland and Catharine Parr Traill were her aunties--all of them established authors. In 1863, her aunt, Catharine Parr Traill, showed her a manuscript on Canadian flora which at the time she couldn't find a publisher because it was not illustrated. Agnes decided to supply these drawings herself and the book was published to rave reviews. She continued drawing for the rest of her life and created over 200 drawings of flowers and 70 renditions of fungi. Many of these drawings now reside at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. (Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)
Author Bio for Traill, Catharine Parr (née Strickland)
She was born Catharine Parr Strickland in Rotherhithe in 1802, sister to authors Agnes Strickland, Jane Margaret Strickland, Susanna Moodie, and Elisabeth Strickland. She was the first of the sisters to commence writing. She began writing children's books in 1818, after the death of her father. Her early work, such as Disobedience, or Mind What Mama Says (1819), and "Happy Because Good", were written for children, and often dwell on the benefits of obedience to one's parents.
She described her new life in letters and journals, and collected these into The Backwoods of Canada (1836), which continues to be read as an important source of information about early Canada. She describes everyday life in the community, the relationship between Canadians, Americans, and natives, the climate, and local flora and fauna. More observations were included in a novel, Canadian Crusoes (1851). She also collected information concerning the skills necessary for a new settler, published in The Female Emigrant's Guide (1854), later retitled The Canadian Settler's Guide. She wrote "Pearls and Pebbles" and "Cot and Cradle Stories".
After suffering through the depression of 1836, her husband Thomas joined the militia in 1837 to fight against the Upper Canada Rebellion. In 1840, dissatisfied with life in "the backwoods", the Traills and the Moodies both moved to the city of Belleville. While Susanna was more concerned with the differences between rural and urban life, Catharine spent her years in Belleville writing about the natural environment. She often sketched the plant life of Upper Canada, publishing Canadian Wild Flowers (1865), Studies of Plant Life in Canada (1885) and "Rambles in the Canadian Forest".
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