Author(s): Rosie Sanders
Rosie Sanders, often described as the best painter of the world's most famous fruit, has devoted years to researching this book and submitting the apples to hour upon hour of meticulous observation. In 144 sensuously detailed watercolours she depicts the unrivalled range of form, colour and texture which characterize such varieties as Beauty of Bath, Peasgood Nonsuch, Cox's Orange Pippin and Egremont Russet. She shows the apples together with their blossom, twig and leaf and has written a detailed description recording their shape, colour, aroma, flavour and season as well as something of the history of each variety. Marginal line drawings in cross-section complete a comprehensive guide to identification and a source of inspiration for apple growers. The book's usefulness is enhanced by a practical essay on apple growing by Harry Baker, fruit officer for many years at the Royal Horticultural Society and one of Britain's foremost authorities on apple growing. First published in 1988 as The English Apple and still the most trusted and sought-after book for apple identification in the UK, this new edition is revised and updated for an international readership and includes an additional 22 varieties. To watch a video of Rosie Sanders painting her wonderful apples for The Apple Book click here
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"Contains sensuously detailed watercolours showing the form, colour and texture of 144 different varieties [of Apple]." The Gloucestershire Echo "This is a book for those who love fruit, gardening and painting - and anyone of the above." Irish News "This book is an open love letter ti tge humble apple, the artist lovingly depicting each variety together with its blossom, twig and leaf, revelling in revelaing every minute detail." English Garden "Beautiful botanical paintings are combined with useful descriptive text to provide a valuable introduction to British Apples." Gardens Illustrated 'As an identification manual it is unparalleled, but even if you are not within ten miles of an apple tree, this is a book worth having. It is beautifully put together and full of intriguing information about how different apples got their names.' Anna Pavord in The Independent on the first edition of The Apple Book 'First published in 1988 and still the most sought-after and trusted book for apple identification in the UK due in no small part to these exquisite botanically accurate illustrations.' Royal Horticultural Society
ROSIE SANDERS is widely recognised as one of Britain's leading botanical artists. She has been awarded five Gold medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and won the Royal Academy miniature award. Best known for her superlative studies of fruit, apples in particular, Rosie has devoted much of her time recording old and present varieties culminating in this book. She lives on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon .Harry Baker was fruit officer for many years at the Royal Horticultural Society and is one of Britain's foremost authorities on apple growing.
Acknowledgements Bibliography Introduction Index of Apples The Identification of Apples The Plates Growing Apples Identification Tables