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penstemon
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H. Allen Smith. Author of How to Write Without Knowing Nothing, Lo! the Former Egyptian, Waikiki Beachnik, etc.
I received a Kindle as a gift and promptly re-gifted it. How many people over 50 can actually see the thing, let alone read anything on it?
I'd hardly consider myself a Luddite (I just donated about 1000 LPs to the local library), but electronic media will never be able to capture the magic of books.
I recently acquired a copy of Hitchcock's Manual of Grasses of the United States (1935); it smells of old books, libraries, my grandparents' house, etc.
And then there was the book I got from the U.K. It was slightly damp from the English air.
Can e-books provide that kind of experience?

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

Mark McD
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Nold wrote:

H. Allen Smith. Author of How to Write Without Knowing Nothing, Lo! the Former Egyptian, Waikiki Beachnik, etc.
I received a Kindle as a gift and promptly re-gifted it. How many people over 50 can actually see the thing, let alone read anything on it?
I'd hardly consider myself a Luddite (I just donated about 1000 LPs to the local library), but electronic media will never be able to capture the magic of books.
I recently acquired a copy of Hitchcock's Manual of Grasses of the United States (1935); it smells of old books, libraries, my grandparents' house, etc.
And then there was the book I got from the U.K. It was slightly damp from the English air.
Can e-books provide that kind of experience?

Bob

Bob, for that sort of enhanced reading experience you'll need the new Kindle TurboDroid with the optional iAroma 2.6 plugin and 3D-i7GeoEmpathic Memory Array.  ;D

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

penstemon
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I think I'll stick with the real thing.

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

Schier
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Oh boy, that one on the Dolomites looks wonderful.. they all do! I've been scouring ebay
et al, the past couple of days.  And then on Friday there's the local library sale, and occasionally there's a gem to be had there.
I have always said, there's nothing like an actual book.  Fiction, non-fiction, anything.
I often read in the bathtub, and the occasional book has become a bathtub book, meaning, soggy junk. ( only read fiction books in the tub though, and nothing rare, believe me ) anyway, I'd hate to do that with a Kindle, have it end up in hot water.
Also, I have two teenage sons.  They too have become expert scroungers in the used books stores,
not looking for gardening books though, but they will point them out to me. Oh my, I have got off the subject, so back to catching up on posts for me...

Faith S.   Gardening in central Alberta climate, from min. -44 c to max. 36+ C. ( not often! ) Avg. annual precip. ~ 48 cm  Altitude ~ 820 m. Have "frying pan gardens" up around the house, and also some woodland areas down the pa

penstemon
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Farrer's books are available as reprints and those are pretty cheap online. Like from AbeBooks. I like the first editions, simply because I have sentimental associations with old books.
I even go for Gertrude Jekyll, though I find her books pretty much unreadable.

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

penstemon
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More. (No apologies for the Grade Z photographs attached. I'm very lazy and took them on the cutting board in the kitchen.)
Alpine Flowers by Paul A. Robert. The book was originally published by Iris Verlag, ganz auf deutsch, in 1938, with 18 gorgeous watercolors by Robert, but also published in the UK in 1938 by Batsford with twice as many watercolors.
It was then published in English by Iris Verlag, again, in 1945, with 18 watercolors. This is the version pictured. 

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

AmyO
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Really fantastic books....and the photos are good enough to make me want to get out & comb the used book stores around here! Thanks for sharing.

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

penstemon
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Couple of examples from Correvon's Alpine Flora, with cool Art Nouveau style drawings, and then one from Schroeter's (where's the umlaut when you need it most?) Alpine Flora.
Both of these are fairly easy to find in used book stores. These are for the illustrations, not the text, necessarily.

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

Tim Ingram
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Bob - that picture of Carlina is just wonderful. I have innumerable books on gardening and floras but very few illustrated with paintings, and they do something that photographs are never able to do, however superb such images can be. One that I do have is a book of the paintings of Margaret Mee, 'In Search of the Flowers of the Amazon Forests' - they are extraordinarily beautiful and unique.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

penstemon
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By odd coincidence the British printing of Paul A. Robert's Alpine Flowers arrived at my door today. As I said, it has twice the watercolors that the one printed in Switzerland does (did).
Here are a couple.

Bob

(The second appeared in G.S. Thomas's book on rock gardening.
My wife was an admirer of Mee's watercolors and it was all I could do to talk her out of going to the Amazon and paddling through the rain forest in search of spiders 2m across and stuff like that ...)

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

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