The Secret Life Of Plants, 1973
I've been feeling a tugging sensation in my heart to spend more time with plants lately, literally and figuratively: learning about them, studying gardens and landscaping, digging into resources old and new. Today I stopped by my favorite used bookstore and happened upon an actual treasure from 1973, an original hardcover copy of The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird. It's a little beat up on the outside, but I practically squealed when I found it hiding in the shelves! The cover illustration is so curious, and the supplemental flower designs throughout have won me over. I've done some brief research, and apparently this beaut is a bit of a controversial read, albeit interesting, and I can't wait to dive in. I'll be sure to circle back when I've read it. Until then, enjoy some snaps I took of the botanical illustrations and designs from the interior!
Pictured left: the title page design of The Secret Life of Plants. Pictured right: the artwork that is used to separate each part. Reminds me of a book plate!
I'm so in love with the simple little botanical illustrations that introduce each chapter. Aren't they the sweetest? I believe each chapter has a unique design - incredible attention to detail. (The copyright page notes that the book is designed by Gloria Adelson.)
And from the back cover: