As the end of the year draws near, we highlight some of the most beautiful books of 2019, which would make great gifts for the book-lover on your Christmas list…
This list includes picture books, graphic novels, and art / coffee-table books. Some of these books will appear on our Advent calendar of 2019’s Best Books (and no, we won’t reveal here which ones will be on that list)…
Cesare Leonardi /
(Princeton Architectural Press)
“Any landscape architect worth their soil should pick up The Architecture of Trees, an all-encompassing atlas of all things tree-related.”—The Architect’s Newspaper
Gorgeous, large format volume shows each hand-drawn illustration in stunning detail. The Architecture of Trees is the result of over twenty years of dedicated study by landscape architects Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi. This new edition preserves the original magnificent illustrations and text, translated into English for the first time.
Features more than 550 exquisite quill-pen drawings. Each of the 212 tree species are drawn to a scale of 1:100, with and without foliage. Complete with tables of seasonal color variation and projections of shadows cast during the hours of daylight and season by season, no other book contains such detailed and scientific drawings of trees.
A legendary and unsurpassed botanical masterwork. Considered a standard in many landscape architecture firms, the drawings, essays, and detailed charts are essential for large scale landscaping projects and a helpful tool for backyard renovations. Landscape designers will think in new ways about the effect of seasons and the time of day on trees, and anyone interested in nature and trees will be captivated by the stunning illustrations.
“This book could be considered the Bible for tree lovers.”—Western Art & Architecture
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com