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marvels front cover smallMARVELS: The Life of Clarence Bicknell,
Botanist, Archaeologist, Artist.   
By Valerie Lester.

A treasure trove of research discoveries enlightens Valerie Lester’s biography of the captivating scientist and artist, Clarence Bicknell. Over 5 years, Lester has pored over hundreds of newly-discovered letters, botanical watercolours and arts-and-crafts designs in archives including the Natural History Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the Conservatoire Botanique in Geneva and Genoa University. Every letter and diary entry provides Lester with Clarence’s voice; and each of his vellum-bound albums reveals drawings, watercolours and whimsical creations.

The biography’s text, supported by more than 200 images, gives remarkable insights into how and why this man strove for perfection in each subject he tackled.Clarence was a product of the late-Victorian Enlightenment, of the desire to understand our world and the quest to express it all creatively. Having lived for forty years in Bordighera on the Italian coast and spent summers at Casterino by the Vallée des Merveilles, now in France, he is a respected historical figure on both the French and Italian sides of the Riviera and the Maritime Alps. The irrepressible former clergyman dedicated himself first to botany, then archaeology in the high mountains and, towards the end of his life, to botanical art tinged with the whimsy of humour, narrative, affection for his friends and arts-and-crafts originality.

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Valerie Lester is an independent scholar, writer, and translator living near Boston. She is the author of Fasten Your Seat Belts! History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin (1995) and Phiz, The Man Who Drew Dickens (2004). She has also written a biography of the great Italian typographers: Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World and has translated Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes with the title: The Magnificent Meaulnes (2009).

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MARVELS: The Life of Clarence Bicknell, Botanist, Archaeologist, Artist.   
Book by Valerie Lester.
     

A treasure trove of research discoveries enlightens Valerie Lester’s biography of the captivating scientist and artist, Clarence Bicknell.  Hardback 26x18.5cm 256 pages portrait. 212 images, full colour throughout. ISBN 9781789014945. Published 2018.

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The Casa Fontanalba Visitors’ Book - book by Clarence Bicknell, art reproduction

Hardback 52 pages portrait 26.5x34cm with embossed cover in simulated-leather card, full colour throughout. Botanical drawings in colour on every opening. ISBN  978-1-7880-3796-9. Published in 2017 by the Clarence Bicknell Association and Troubador

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Pado al Paradizo. Clarence Bicknell kaj la Valo de la Mirindaĵoj.     Book by Christopher Chippindale.

Softback, 80 pages16x22cm, ISBN 978 88 96582 220. Published in 2018 by the Itala Esperanto-Federacio for the Musée des Merveilles, Tende. Translation into Esperanto of A High Way to Heaven. Clarence Bicknell and the "Vallee des Merveilles" by Christopher Chippindale, published by the Musée des Merveilles in Tende in 1998.

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Greetings Cards produced by the Fitzwilliam Museum

One of Clarence Bicknell's symmetrical designs on the front and a blank interior for writing your message.16x16cm. 1 card per package, envelope included and shrink-wrapped.
Choice of 12 designs.

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 Easter cards produced by the Fitzwilliam Museum

One of Clarence Bicknell's symmetrical designs, the daffodil, on the front and greetings inside Wishing you a Happy Easter.16x16cm. 1 card per package, envelope included and shrink-wrapped.

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 Christmas Cards from the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Snowdrops or Christmas Rose design by Clarence Bicknell. Pack of ten cards with envelopes, card size 14x14cm. Greetings inside: "Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year".
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 Notecards from the Fitzwilliam Museum

10 small cards 10x10cm in three options. a) 2 each of 5 symmetrical flower designs packaged in a wallet, £5, b) 5 each of 2 designs for Christmas, £5, and c) 10 cards the same (Snowbells) also for Christmas, £4. Envelopes included.

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 Wrapping Paper produced by the Fitzwilliam Museum

Giftwrap with multiple images of symmetrical floral designs by Clarence Bicknell, 1911, in two variants, blue and red, 69x49cm.

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 Fridge Magnets produced by the Fitzwilliam Museum

6.3x6.3cm fridge magnets, each image from a 1911 album of symmetrical floral designs by Clarence Bicknell in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Four designs.

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 The Fitzwilliam Museum 2019 Calendar by Clarence Bicknell

Each month's opening has a full size symmetrical floral design by Clarence Bicknell. 30x30cm, hole-pinched for wall hanging. This item is a great celebration of his centenary and makes a great gift.

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Post cards for the film The Marvels of Clarence Bicknell

10 different postcards were made for the launch of the film The Marvels of Clarence Bicknell in 2016. Contact us at Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. if you would like to buy less than the full set of 10.

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