The Transylvania Florilegium
Introducing the Transylvania Florilegium
A fine-art edition in two volumes. Each set is hand-bound in leather and marbled paper, and finished with gold leaf. The Transylvania Florilegium is a sumptuous collection of stunning botanical art created by artists, craftsmen and women, botanists and scholars, and with a Preface written by HRH The Prince of Wales, now HM King Charles III. His Majesty signs the Preface on every book.
In 2008 Addison published the first royal florilegium, the Highgrove Florilegium- a richly illustrated celebration of the gardens at Highgrove House. Ten years later, 2018 brings the publication of a glorious new royal florilegium, the Transylvania Florilegium. After the completion of a long-term project with some of the finest contemporary botanical artists, a collection of watercolours has been chosen to record the flora of Transylvania, the area of Romania that is famous for the richness and diversity of its plant life. HM The King is a passionate supporter of the conservation of this precious environment, and the paintings of the florilegium were created by artists studying the flora at his properties at Viscri and Zalanpatak.
Each volume of the Transylvanian Florilegium measures 19½ x 14 x 2 inches. (495 x 355 x 50mm)
The Transylvania Florilegium is a limited-edition publication of 150 sets only.
The introductions to the Transylvania Florilegium are by Christopher Mills, formerly Librarian at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Dr John Akeroyd FLS. Dr Akeroyd has also written an informative text for each plant including scientific botanical detail in addition to recording where and when the illustrated specimen was found.
Each book is individually made up, which means that a special dedication page can be ordered. This valuable book is already in special collections and libraries around the world. Subscribers include the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria, the Linnean Society, Michigan State University, the Andersen Horticultural Library at the University of Minnesota and the Mânăstirea Neamț, Romania.
Specially commissioned drawings by Richard Shirley Smith decorate the text and the end papers. The decorative motifs include plants, animals, insects and buildings found in Transylvania
The Transylvania Florilegium images: Copyright A. G. Carrick Ltd.