A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a book in an online Give-a-way over at the The Picky Girl blog - my first book prize ever. Very exciting! Just from reading about it, I could tell that this was a book I'd want to own rather than borrow from the library. How did I know that? Well, from Picky Girl's wonderful review. In fact, all the reviews I've read have been glowing.
Anyway, it arrived yesterday. THE PAPER GARDEN An Artist [Begins Her Life's Work] At 72 by Molly Peacock. It's a Bloomsbury Publishers book and you know how they take care with their books. This one is beautifully designed and just gorgeous to look at and hold.
The book is a biography of Mary Granville Pendarves Delany (1700 - 1788), a woman who, after a rich full life, and the death of her beloved husband after 23 years of marriage, took up scissors and invented a new art form: mixed-media collage.
This the sort of book that no Kindle or Nook can ever hold a candle to. Nothing mechanical can ever replace the look and feel, the luxury of something this beautiful. Such care was taken with the design that even the size of the book is perfcetion. Not too large or overpowering, it fits perfectly in the hand. The interior is filled with many illustrations of Delany's work which, amazingly, have survived over the centuries and are housed in the British Museum.
I am very much looking forward to reading this book and treasuring it for years to come.
Note: I notice that some of the book covers have the words 'An Artist...' replaced by 'Mrs. Delany...'. I'm assuming that the line was changed in a second printing or perhaps it's the British version. Don't know. All I do know is that my cover says, 'An Artist...' But the sharpest cover image I found online is this one I'm showing.