Gifts to the Prairie: The Work of Pioneer Nurserymen and the Art of the Prestele Family

By: Watson, Daryl

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Staple-bound card wraps, 22.8 by 30.5 cm, vi 26 pp., illus. Fine. A companion book for the 2008 exhibit of the same name: “As the American frontier expanded into the prairies of the Midwest, a voracious appetite for tree planting arose. F. K. Phoenix, who opened his Bloomington Nursery in 1852, possessed a love of nature and a missionary zeal to plant the prairies. In 1867, having established the largest nursery in the ‘West,’ he hired artist William Henry Prestele to oversee the design and production of exquisite hand-colored lithographs for the trade. The Prestele family pioneered this art form in America. Their carefully produced lithographs combined with the boundless enthusiasm of Phoenix created a potent force for the planting of the prairies. This exhibit of their prints and the story of Phoenix's nursery provide an intimate window into the plants and people that helped shape an American landscape.” Well-illustrated with primarily full-color images, including six full-page botanical prints.

Title: Gifts to the Prairie: The Work of Pioneer Nurserymen and the Art of the Prestele Family

Author Name: Watson, Daryl

Categories: Art, Botany, Natural History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: [Bloomington, IL], McLean County Historical Society: 2008

ISBN Number: 094378834X

ISBN Number 13: 9780943788340

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Seller ID: 2919