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marvels front cover smallMARVELS: The Life of Clarence Bicknell,
Botanist, Archaeologist, Artist.   
By Valerie Lester.

Release date 20 June 2018 for mail order, 28 June for the UK trade and retail.

A treasure trove of research discoveries enlightens Valerie Lester’s biography of the captivating scientist and artist, Clarence Bicknell. Over 5 years, Lester has pored over hundreds of newly-discovered letters, botanical watercolours and arts-and-crafts designs in archives including the Natural History Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Conservatoire Botanique in Geneva and Genoa University. Every letter and diary entry provides Lester with Clarence’s voice; and each of his vellum-bound albums reveals drawings, watercolours and whimsical creations. The biography’s text, supported by more than 200 images, gives remarkable insights into how and why this man strove for perfection in each subject he tackled.Clarence was a product of the late-Victorian Enlightenment, of the desire to understand our world and the quest to express it all creatively. Having lived for forty years in Bordighera on the Italian coast and spent summers at Casterino by the Vallée des Merveilles, now in France, he is a respected historical figure on both the French and Italian sides of the Riviera and the Maritime Alps. The irrepressible former clergyman dedicated himself first to botany, then archaeology in the high mountains and, towards the end of his life, to botanical art tinged with the whimsy of humour, narrative, affection for his friends and arts-and-crafts originality.

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Valerie Lester is an independent scholar, writer, and translator living near Boston. She is the author of Fasten Your Seat Belts! History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin (1995) and Phiz, The Man Who Drew Dickens (2004). She has also written a biography of the great Italian typographers: Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World and has translated Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes with the title: The Magnificent Meaulnes (2009).

Published by Matador Books on  28 June 2018.  Distributor: Orca Book Services. Tel: 01235 465521. Email: Tiu ĉi e-poŝtadreso estas protektita kontraŭ spam-robotoj. Vi devas ebligi JavaScript por vidi ĝin.Thema subject category : AGNB – Botanical art. Hardback 260 x 185 mm 256 pp Portrait. 212 images, full colour throughout. ISBN 9781789014945. Matador is an imprint of Troubador Books, Tel: 0116 279 2299, Email: Tiu ĉi e-poŝtadreso estas protektita kontraŭ spam-robotoj. Vi devas ebligi JavaScript por vidi ĝin.  www.troubador.co.uk

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The Casa Fontanalba Visitors’ Book - new for 2017

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casa fontanalba visitors book frontispieceThis life-size facsimile reproduction has been printed as part of the 2018 centenary celebration of Clarence Bicknell’s death. Clarence created this book for guests to sign when visiting his summer home in Casterino in the mountains above Bordighera. Every right hand page has a glorious watercolour of a wild plant. Clarence died when the book had about 320 signatures of famous archaeologists, botanists, writers, Esperantists, soldiers and politicians, as well as friends and family.

52 pages 265x340mm with embossed cover in simulated-leather card. Weight 1.2 kgs. ISBN  978-1-7880-3796-9 hardback. The original created in one copy only, in 1906, by Clarence Bicknell. Layout by: Lucy Webster, Pentire Designs - Printed by: Indigo Press, Southampton. Published by Matador, an imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd., 9 Priory Business Park, Wistow Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicester  LE8 0RX, United Kingdom. www.troubador.co.uk/matador   

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Christmas Cards from the Fitzwilliam Museum - new for 2017

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Snowdrops design (right) by Clarence Bicknell, 1842-1918. Watercolour and graphite on paper. Pack of ten cards with envelopes, card size 14 x 14cms. Greetings inside: "Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year". Fitzwilliam reference SKU: CC206. See the complete card

Christmas Rose design (left) by Clarence Bicknell, 1842-1918. Watercolour and graphite on paper. Pack of ten cards with envelopes, card size 14 x 14cms. Greetings inside: "Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year". Fitzwillliam reference SKU: CC205. See the complete card

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10 different postcards were made for the launch of the film The Marvels of Clarence Bicknell in 2016. There are 2 watercolours of flowers by Clarence, 3 period photos of him in black and white and 5 photos from the film set... Renchi Bicknell playing the role of Clarence. The back of the card is laid out like a postcard including the name of the film and the web site address www.clarencebicknell.com in small. Please enquire of Tiu ĉi e-poŝtadreso estas protektita kontraŭ spam-robotoj. Vi devas ebligi JavaScript por vidi ĝin. if you would like to buy individual cards not the set.

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