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Proserpina, Volume 1

Studies of Wayside Flowers

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Author: John Ruskin
Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 62,011 / 187 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.5
LoC Category: QK
Downloads: 659
Added to site: 2007.01.23
mnybks.net#: 15877
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Nature
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for the proposed work on flowers; and, thinking they may be useful even as fragments, I am going to publish them in their present state,--only let the reader note that while my other books endeavour, and claim, so far as they reach, to give trustworthy knowledge of their subjects, this one only shows how such knowledge may be obtained; and it is little more than a history of efforts and plans,--but of both, I believe, made in right methods.

One part of the book, however, will, I think, be found of permanent value. Mr. Burgess has engraved on wood, in reduced size, with consummate skill, some of the excellent old drawings in the Flora Danica, and has interpreted, and facsimile'd, some of his own and my drawings from nature, with a vigour and precision unsurpassed in woodcut illustration, which render these outlines the best exercises in black and white I have yet been able to {11} prepare for my drawing pupils. The larger engravings by Mr. Allen may also be used with advantage as copies for drawings wit

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