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The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century [Hardcover]

Gabriel Hemery , Sarah Simblet
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Book Description

10 April 2014

In 1664, the horticulturist and diarist John Evelyn wrote Sylva, the first comprehensive study of British trees. It was also the world's earliest forestry book, and the first book ever published by the Royal Society. Evelyn's elegant prose has a lot to tell us today, but the world has changed dramatically since his day. Now authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet, taking inspiration from the original work, have masterfully created a contemporary version - The New Sylva. The result is a fabulous resource that describes all of the most important species of tree that populate our landscape.

Silvologist Gabriel Hemery explains what trees really mean to us culturally, environmentally and economically in the first part of the book. These chapters are followed by forty-four detailed tree portrait sections that describe the history and the features of trees such as oak, elm, beech, hornbeam, willow, fir, pine, juniper, plane, apple and pear.

The pages of The New Sylva are brought to life with truly breathtaking artwork from artist and co-author Sarah Simblet, who captures the delicacy, strength and beauty of the trees through the seasons in 200 exquisite drawings.

With an interplay of black and red type on creamy paper, The New Sylva recalls all the charm of traditional bookmaking. And at a moment when it is vitally important for us to rediscover how to treasure our trees, the time for this visionary, beautiful book is now.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408835444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408835449
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 25.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr Gabriel Hemery is passionate about trees and has a lifelong interest in sustainable forestry.

As a practising silvologist (forest scientist) he has undertaken research in subjects ranging from the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan, the genetic improvement of hardwoods for timber production, to rearing free-range poultry in farm woodlands. He has authored more than 70 scientific articles.

His first book was The New Sylva, published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

He writes a popular tree and forestry blog (www.GabrielHemery.com) and created a blog following the making of The New Sylva (www.newsylva.com). He is also a keen amateur photographer of trees and forests (www.theTreePhotographer.com).

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Elegant ... with glorious drawings (Sunday Telegraph)

An excellent successor to Sylva, well written and full of interesting information ... The illustrations are magnificent, pen drawings by the great tree artist Sarah Simblet. She has the rare gift of depicting a recognisable leafless tree, a gift that was denied to artists Poussin and Gainsborough (Oliver Rackham, Spectator)

Sumptuous ... exquisite drawings grace almost every spread. The reader will be beguiled into consuming large sections in a single sitting. It's also a book for dipping into. ... planting trees is an affirmation of faith in the future, and this book will inspire new generations of tree planters, just as the original did (Gardens Illustrated)

We dig this ... a book that proclaims its virtues with quiet dignity (Sunday Times)

Exquisite (Country Life)

Beautiful, useful and inspirational (BBC Wildlife Book of the Month)

Exquisite ... eloquently written and beautifully illustrated (The Lady)

Book Description

A visually sumptuous and breathtakingly detailed book about British trees and woodland, publishing to coincide with the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn's landmark work, Sylva

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 10 April 2014
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The day this wonderful book arrived I listened to a discussion on Radio 4 about the future of publishing where one of the participants concluded that paper book publishers should focus on producing beautiful books. This is a beautiful book. Well worth 40, a big book, robustly engineered and full of exquisite drawings and well written and compelling narratives. John Evelyn would have been proud.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Tree Books in years 14 May 2014
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This book has been long awaited, a combination of digestible text, written in a informative way, outlining details which include specie history, uses and common traits, without the lack of personality often delivered in a guide. The book is a real achievement for author, publishing team.
The drawings are exquisite, real masterpieces.
This book is a must for any naturalists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the Year 5 May 2014
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In the same way that Richard Mabey's "Flora Britannica" and Mark Cocker's "Birds and People" were such obvious choices for book of the year, surely Hemery and Simblet's magnificent production "The New Sylva" is similarly a shoo-in for such an award. A truly wonderful publication. Absolutely brilliant. And what a superb riposte to the dreary world of eBooks. A stunner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 29 April 2014
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This book is simply a work of art and a piece that any tree lover should own. Well thought out and entirely accessible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a book 2 May 2014
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An excellent book for those interested in trees and artwork. The colour of the paper tends to diffuse the quality of the illustrations which in real life are so much clearer.
Thoroughly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's an amazing piece of work 14 July 2014
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Wow! I thought it was a steepish price but SO much work has gone into this - it's not! It's an amazing piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Horticultural MUST HAVE 8 Jun 2014
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A superb book, so much information and quite wonderful illustrations, a must for all tree lovers. A perfect Birthday or Christmas gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a book for all lovers of trees 23 May 2014
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The most beautiful book on trees I have ever seen!
Beautifully bound, exquisite illustrations, and plenty of useful information, on all the trees you have in the UK
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